KIlled and dressed my own Chickens today

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All in all not near as hard as I thought it would be. We had some young Roosters (3 months or so) that just were not needed for the flock. Now I have two dressed birds in the freezer. Not much meat on them as they were egg layers and not meat chickens. Should be enough for some enchiladas and some chicken stock though. I skinned mine and my brave and wonderful wife used a pot of scalding hot water to help her pluck hers. I finished first but she had skin left on hers so I will call it a draw. Also have an appointment with my old butcher (retired) to have him call me and show me how to dress a goat when he slaughters his next one. Anyway if anyone wants to see the end results and pics of my wife finishing up hers they will be on her blog soon. here: http://knitsnweeds.blogspot.com/
 
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Wow I'm jealous. Most of us will probably never get anywhere near close to that experience. Thanks for sharing!

So you just had a couple of roosters in your backyard?
 
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Thats awesome. I don't know if I have the cajones to do that but grats! Then again, I guess it would depend on how hungry I was.

I took a peak at the blog and saw the goat named Bean! Is that a book character reference?

And have you had goat before?
 

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That's great! Makes one appreciate our food a lot more.  I remember when my mom used to do it.  She used to fold the neck back, slit the throat, then "pump" the heart.
 
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Messy job, done it many times. I used to go in with a group of families to butcher 6 cattle. We converted a 3 stall garage into a butcher shop and went at it. In 6 hours we had everything broken down and in the freezers.
 
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I've never done any slaughtering myself.  But visiting Vietnam I've been able to experience some of what was mentioned.  I was ok with chickens and rabbits, but slaughting a bleating goat... the cry it makes is heartbreaking.
 
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Wow I'm jealous. Most of us will probably never get anywhere near close to that experience. Thanks for sharing!

So you just had a couple of roosters in your backyard?
I have 15 chickens that semi-free range on my property and a rooster (just one now). They have a 400 square foot enclosure that they stay in most the day (keeps them out of my garden) and I usually let them run totally free near the last hours of the day. they can't do too much damage in that short amount of time.

 
Thats awesome. I don't know if I have the cajones to do that but grats! Then again, I guess it would depend on how hungry I was.

I took a peak at the blog and saw the goat named Bean! Is that a book character reference?

And have you had goat before?
No I do not think she is name after Bean from Ender's Game and then of course the second one Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card. She is on loan from our semi-partner farm (we are doing a breeding program to get a nice strain of Mini-LaManchas), we needed more milk and her owner wanted to ween her kids from her, so we have her for about 6-8 months. By then we will have done more breeding with our herd and have plenty more milk.

Yes I try goat every chance I get, There is a Mexican place near me that serves awesome Goat Burritos and Tacos as a special and the Asian Market I go to sometimes has it at the lunch counter inside the store.

edit: Bean's full name is Vanilla Bean, since she is a whiteish goat I guess it's as good a name as any.
 
Gunnar, I can't help but make a comment on your use of words. Roosters are male and do not lay eggs.
lol, The Roosters themselves do not lay eggs but they are of a egg laying variety of chicken and not a meat variety. While meat chickens lay eggs as well I am assuming they are not as prolific as a breed designated "egg layer"  just as mine are not going to ever have big plump breasts and thighs.
 
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Gunnar,

It is probably too late this time, but the next time you butcher some birds, save the feet, skin them (not too easy, but managable with pliers), and use them to make stock or add to your stock.  They are relatively fat-free and are chock-full of collagen for thickening soups and sauces.

I have been buying free-range birds locally, not so much for the meat, but because the folks give me the chicken feet.  I have a few gallons in the fridge for winter soups.  I actually added some to my last batch of tomato sauce when I made manicotti and it thickened it nicely.
 
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Collagen from the chicken feet. Hmm.

That reminds me of authentic Pho'. If you make it traditionally, one would boil beef bones for the marrow. Is that at all related? When they do that for Pho' are they also getting collagen?
 
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Total koudos to yourself Gunnar. I would only do the same to save my life.

I was traumatised at the age of ten to see my dad drawing the guts out of one, then he bent the legs over the top of the pantry door, pulled on the feet and yanked them off with their sinews attached. These were placed on the kitchen windowsill to dry. The smell was gut wrenching.

Then came the fun value...For my older brothers...They were both given a foot each and shown, that if you pulled each sinew, it made the foot do stuff. They scared the bejeezuz out of me and my younger brothers. Luckily for us the feet got nasty after a couple of days and the novelty wore off

BTW I wouldnt even do the gutting at college. I told the tutor i would always get someone else to do it and he dismissed me from class with the knowlege my final qualifications would be lacking... I sat in the locker room for all his classes with a few others that couldnt hack it.

What a woos eh?
 
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Awesome stuff Gunnar.  Let us know how the meat of the egg laying varieties measures up (aside for quantities, I mean).  What did you feed them with?
 
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Laying pellets, scraps (carrot peels, mushy veg, old rice) out of the kitchen and whatever they scrounged during their time of total free roaming which includes grain and alfalfa from the goats feed bins as they feel they are entitled and the goats are patient..

Meat looks extremely lean, will post when I have eaten them, have other food ahead of them in the kitchen.
 
 
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so cooked one of those birds, while not a lot of meat it was plenty tasty, not gamey at all and made a nice soup. Wife said it was one of the best she has eaten in a while. I poached the bird first so I could easily pull as much meat off it as possible, oddly it cleaned alot faster then any other chicken I have done this with. Muscle definition was clearer and the tendons didn't hold on as much as they have when trying to clean a roast chicken.
 
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Wow, I'm impressed, there is something very grounding about killing and preparing your own food. IT reminds me of killing trout my father had caught. I think more people should be killingtheir own food because I think it will breed more respect for the providence of our food while bringing us closer to nature.
 
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I like you did it, based on the fact that people have grown complacent and don't know how to do this themselves.

Personally, I'm not there yet, but I'm on my way.

It is sure nice to know what is in the meat.

My mother in law has free roaming chickens. At first I was apprehensive when I saw what she fed them. Any concern I had became nonexistent when I cooked a couple of her eggs up for breakfast.

Because as anyone (here) knows, fresh eggs are a world apart from grocery store eggs.
 
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I think more people should be killing heir own food because I think it will breed more respect for the providence of our food while bringing us closer to nature.
I soooo agree with that. I am floored when some of my friends think it's inhuman or disgusting to kill an animal, but don't hesitate for a second to throw away several pounds of leftover meat a week.
 
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I soooo agree with that. I am floored when some of my friends think it's inhuman or disgusting to kill an animal, but don't hesitate for a second to throw away several pounds of leftover meat a week.
That's what kills me. I was raised to hunt animals, and the most important lesson my dad taught me was don't shoot something unless you are prepared to clean it and eat it. I visited my parents' house last weekend and helped my father butcher a deer he had killed. We smoked some of the tenderloins and ribs that night. It was probably some of the best venison I've ever had. And it couldn't have been fresher.
 
 
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I didn't do anything quite that cool, but I did get some whole partridges in this week... head, eyes, and all. I wanted to to roast the skulls and let people suck the brains out, but the exec didn't think it was a good idea. party pooper. 
 
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I didn't do anything quite that cool, but I did get some whole partridges in this week... head, eyes, and all. I wanted to to roast the skulls and let people suck the brains out, but the exec didn't think it was a good idea. party pooper. 

You missed your calling as a Fear Factor Chef :p
 
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