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Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by seedspreader, Nov 17, 2005.
Mrs. Thanksgiving dinner.
YUMMY!!! Have ya done the deed yet?
Nope, I just caught her up today (one of the "bad things" about free ranging birds. LOL, after the first catch the rest of the turkeys said. yeah, right buddy, I will stay an arms length away.
Going to do her probably Sat, if not, definitely Monday.
Nifty. Must be nice to know exactly where your dinner will come from. We were invited to help a local farm with their slaughter, and really wanted to go so we could learn first-hand before we even think about raising poultry... but ended up missing out because my MIL had us booked for the day. How do you "do the deed?"
Can you believe there are some people out there who think that turkeys have feelings similar to humans, so they refuse to eat them? I would never allow my mouth to water for a tofurkey.
every sentient being has feelings, however, life is a list of heirarchies.
and somewhere on that list, my desire to eat a turkey is somewhat above a turkeys desire to not be eaten.
Did the locals suggest you ring its neck?
Set a section of tree trunk, that hasn't been split for fire wood, on end. This creates your chopping block.
Hammer two large nails part way in, about 1 1/2 inches apart.
Hold turkey by its feet and put neck, just below head, between nails.
Hold feet so that neck is stretched horizontally along the top of the tree trunk, aka chopping block.
Have another person use a hatchet or machete to quickly decapitate the turkey.
Turn loose of feet and stand back till flopping stops.
Why does that look so much like a buzzard?
LOL, it's a black spanish hen. It doesn't look like a buzzard as much as a buzzard looks like it. That's why they call them turkey vultures!
Actually, it's not much easier when they follow you around adoringly. The catching is easier, but the killing is harder!
Black Spanish, huh? How much do you think she'll weigh?
I can't understand how you can do that,She should be running with Bambi and Thumper.
Being the tender hearted soul that I am,I will voulunteer to give her a good home.
Oh, I would like to pick her up a couple a days before Thanksgiving
I will return her to the earth, via my septic tank, shortly!
And would you like her plucked or skinned?
We butcher chickens this way, except we tie their feet with a rope and after decapitating them, hang them from the rope so they bleed out quickly, rather than flopping and running around. (Memories from my childhood make me never want to see that again.)
Not to mention the bruising that can occur during the flopping. Please do restrain them.
My dad always hated the axe so he used to slit the throat somehow and then hold them down until the "flopping" reflex passed. I'll have to ask him how he did it. Maybe at Thanksgiving dinner! He was such a softie he always hated the job so much. As soon as the kids were out of the house and they had a little more spending $, they started buying their meat at the grocery store.
We take ours to a butcher. Drop them off, go picking blueberries, strawberries or go to the bulk food store, come back in an hour and couple of crate loads are all done; plucked and cleaned for a little more than $1 a bird (depends on if you want the heart and stomach). Then again, this time of year you'd be hard pressed to fit birds into their schedule. Not worth the drive for just one bird either.
Anyway, handsome dinner! She'll probably be incredibly tasty too since she's been free ranging.
Waaaaaaah. She's so pretty.
Are cones large enough to stuff her in? I think that dastardly deed would be easier if I could'nt see her. Think I'd throw up.
Looks tasty! I have to do some extra jakes pretty soon. Ended up with 9 jakes and only 5 hens. It's no wonder the hens fly over the fence into my yard most days and leave those bad boys in the pen.
How old is the hen you are doing? My birds are 20wks now.