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#1 2017-08-23 20:41:17

shaneb99
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From: Strathmore
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Processing Day

Today we did the last 12 Broilers. Here are pictures of our setup. Can't pack everything up just yet however because we'll do roosters for dog food as they come of size.

Plucker - homemade from plans in Whiz Bang Chicken Plucker book
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Scalder - giant pot bought in a hardware store in Chinatown. The burner is from a turkey fryer.
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The hanging rack - little hard to make out the detail but I've got killing cones at each end and then nails in the top rail to allow them to bleed. I prefer this method, the cone restrains the bird and a quick slice with a butcher knife and the head comes off quickly.  I keep the knives in the yellow pails in a bleach solution between cuts.
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The plucker cleans them beautifully in 30 seconds then into an ice water bath
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Ready to be cleaned
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And done. We always let them rest in a clean ice water bath for 4 - 6hrs at least then check to make sure they are clean and ready for the freezer.
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Blue Buff and Silver Laced Brahmas plus too much other stuff to list.

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#2 2017-08-23 21:05:39

yardbirds
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From: just north of Yorkton, Sk
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Re: Processing Day

.thumbsup.  :letseat:  w.i.n.


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#3 2017-08-24 00:04:19

killerbunny
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From: Brockville, Ontario
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Re: Processing Day

I really like that set up. You should com over and show me exactly! My poor aching fingers would sure like the whiz bang!


Mixed collection of chickens, trio of Blue Columbian Wyandottes,BSW turkeys.
RIP Stephen, my BSW Tom and coffee companion. He left a great genetic legacy.
RIP Lucky the Very Brave splash Wyandotte rooster.
RIP little Muppet the rescue cat.

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#4 2017-08-24 12:09:22

Robbie
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From: Blackstock, Ontario
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Re: Processing Day

That looks like a very nice, efficient set up!

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#5 2017-08-24 17:19:35

uno
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Re: Processing Day

I notice you clean on a piece of paper. We do the same. I cut pieces in advance and have a clean piece ready for each bird. Everything gets wiped with hot soapy / bleachy water between birds. Hub finds knife handles get slick with hot chicken grease and they need to be kept clean to avoid unfortunate finger injuries.

Do you do the gutting indoors? We don't. There is a smell associated with wet, dead chickens that ... nope, can't, not in my kitchen. We have a designated folding table for this and we do everything outside. But we try to plan it for mid September and hope the wasps have died back by then. They can make outdoor processing truly miserable !

It really does help to have a well thought out method and the required equipment. Nice set-up and good looking birds.

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#6 2017-08-24 19:25:22

susanr
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From: Grenfell, Saskatchewan
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Re: Processing Day

Very nice setup!  w.i.n.


Friend to 1 house cat, 2 long-haired mini dachshunds, several outside cats, one guard dog, a few Dorking chickens, several  Isa Brown laying hens, some mutt chickens and 3 mules.  Jobs include gardener and assistant bee keeper.

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#7 2017-08-24 19:30:04

shaneb99
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From: Strathmore
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Re: Processing Day

We use waxed butcher paper on the tables and unless it gets really gukky I usually just wipe it after each bird with paper towels. By dropping the plucked birds into ice water between plucking and gutting they cool enough so the fat isn't too greasy but we each have an ice cream pail of bleach water to rinse our hands in as required.  We have a large machine shed that we do the cleaning in. Scalding and plucking outside the big door, gutting inside on folding tables. When they are cleaned they go into tubs of ice water in a cart which we pull up to the house with a lawn tractor and park in the garage until we are ready to bag and freeze.  We've been doing about 50/year for 20 years and finally getting the hang of it.


Blue Buff and Silver Laced Brahmas plus too much other stuff to list.

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