**Warning: some of the pictures may be graphic and unsuitable for some viewers, as it shows butchering a chicken from start to finish. Full video tutorial at the end as well**
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.
We had to learn how to butcher a chicken for ourselves, and that was a scary thing the first time.
But, 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.