I can butcher poultry with just a knife, but I prefer to use scisssors for some of the work. So far the best shears have been these modified surgical shears from Lee Valley. But they wear out too fast and we are ready to spring for a better, longer lasting pair if such exists. I'm thinking of trying these Kershaw shears Any other recommendations?
PS the Lee Valley shears are worth having around for a million other homestead jobs. And they are a great gift for folks who might have a hard time opening that pesky clamshell packaging. I'm ordering 3 pair of replacements, but I just won't be cutting through bones with them anymore.
Bought these, did 3 turkeys and 2 geese yesterday; they held up for the work at hand. That's not a comprehensive review, just a first impression. They worked well to cut neck bones, but my hands weren't strong enough-had to ask the guys to actually make the cuts, but it worked. We are still using the Lee Valley modified surgical shears (search their site for clamshell scissors), but the new ones were preferred. We'll keep both in the arsenal.
Did I mention goose rillettes? Too bad this batch of geese are presents. Did I mention essentially free Christmas gifts? Free that is, if you don't count the work and the time for processing. I'd be surprised if we are 5 lbs each of feed into the geese we harvested, the first generation raised by the founder stock we raised. We are keeping three hens; next year I hope to be awash in goslings and learn to make goose prosciutto. And not to mow my orchard once in 2016.