The way that it was drawn out seemed a bit unnecessary, I don't like the cone method because I feel like it's traumatic and terrifying for the bird to be held upside down like that. It's much better to put them on a table, belly down with bird's neck flat down and it's back facing you, line up the knife to top of the back of the neck (right below the head) and make one very hard chop. It's instant, just as easy and less terrifying for the chicken.
I am moving toward getting some egg laying chickens. I'd like to get broilers but I haven't wrapped my mind around butchering them. I know that is really lame but I just don't know if I can raise something and kill it. This isn't a judgement in anyway and I'm sure being separated from the act of killing what you eat is not a good thing.
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posted 8 months ago
Scott Foster wrote:I am moving toward getting some egg laying chickens. I'd like to get broilers but I haven't wrapped my mind around butchering them. I know that is really lame but I just don't know if I can raise something and kill it. This isn't a judgement in anyway and I'm sure being separated from the act of killing what you eat is not a good thing.
It is difficult, I have raised rabbits for meat and it is much more difficult than chickens to do the deed because they're cute and we are socialized to see them like pets. My tips for you are don't name the ones that you plan on butchering to eat, and don't play with them either, save that for the laying hens that will be alive with you for many months. If you're going to be raising anything other than birds, like rabbits, my advice is different, handle them and play with them everyday so that when you take them out to process them they don't get scared and start screaming, because they do scream and they sound like a baby, I didn't know that the first time that I raised rabbits and it was hell. Since then I hold each one every day, get them used to being touched by me in a variety of ways so that when the day comes they don't get scared, it makes it easier.
the old way is putting 2 spikes in a hardwood tree stump section then bending them to hold the head while chopping just behind the head with a very sharp hatchet i find is still the quickest humane method. one person holds the feet of the bird and the axe. the other person places the neck in betwen the spikes. one wack and its over. we just layed the dismembered bird on the ground till it bled out. use to do dozens of meat birds this way. after your done dispatching we would pick up and hose off the birds before plucking a processing. the whiole family got involved and everyone had a job. as kids we were the pluckers. my grandparents would come help do ours and we help do theirs.
I was talking to someone who worked in a chicken processing place, she said the industry standard method is to stun them with electricity then take the head off. Sounds like the most "humane" way but is it possible at the homestead scale? Taser?