**Warning: some of the pictures may be graphic and unsuitable for some viewers, as it shows butchering a chicken from start to finish.**
We were recently gifted with several chickens, including 2 roosters.
While they are beautiful and can be useful, we aren’t able to keep them due to their crowing. Wanting to be good neighbors, we made sure they didn’t stay very long. However, our regular chicken processor isn’t wasn’t able to take care of them, so it was up to us.
So, we pulled up our big kid pants and got to work. Here’s the rooster we did first. Beautiful, yes. Irritating as all get out! All day and night he would crow, so he had to go! (got my Dr. Seuss on there)
First, we started by hanging him upside down and piercing his brain with a very sharp knife.
You have to go through the beak and up a bit. Make sure your hand isn’t holding the back of the chicken’s head when you do this, in case your knife goes all the way through. Don’t ask how I know, just trust me. This kills them immediately, and is MUCH more humane than just slicing his neck. Then, we sliced the jugular vein, and allowed him to bleed out.
Flipped him over, and hung by his head, gravity helped as we began to skin him. It was a matter of following the fat lines, and just slicing the skin and feathers away from the meat.
Continued on down the body, and cut the wing joints and feet off.
Removed the skin and feathers from the carcass, and dug inside the neck cavity to remove the innards.
Cut off the head, and Viola! A skinned, butchered chicken! We were not going to eat this meat, since he was old and tough, but he will make excellent broth!
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