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Offline Old Philosopher

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Cleaning a chicken
« on: March 21, 2012, 08:47:06 PM »
While I'm on the subject of chickens, I thought I'd offer this.
Mainly for folks who never had to deal with getting THIS....



To look like THIS:




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Re: Cleaning a chicken
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2012, 08:57:04 PM »
We used to do 100 meat chickens a year.    Once everyone is assigned a duty it wouldnt take long.   I had a chicken plucker machine...  and that was my job the first time.  THey wouldnt let me do that job again...I was having too dang much fun with that plucker... ha ha ha....        My dad had come up with his two little girls ( 4 and 6) and I just found out a few weeks ago how badly I terrorized their lil brains by splatting wet chicken feathers at em.... ha ha ha....     That and the one chicken that ran after them after the head was off......  ya.. that mighta dun it.... 

I just learned not that long ago how to get that keel bone out...   I love that technique.  Especially for brick chicken on the grill.  :)

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Re: Cleaning a chicken
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2012, 09:06:06 PM »
.... That and the one chicken that ran after them after the head was off......  ya.. that mighta dun it.... 
Don't take it lightly. My Dad was "chased" by a headless turkey when he was about 5. He would not eat chicken or turkey to the day he died.
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Re: Cleaning a chicken
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2012, 09:11:33 PM »
Oh nooo....    that had to have been a big impression on his brain.  Poor kid/guy. 

My stepmother did tell me it took awhile to get them to eat chicken again.   The question was before each meal  " Is this one of Marcia's chickens? ".....   

Now I get calls from them asking how to butcher a chicken or fillet a fish.....    They are in their 20's now.

One just called me a week ago..asking how to mark a chick so that her and her friends would know how to tell them apart.    I said.. dunk in different colored koolaid up to their heads.      Dead silence on the other end of the phone......    .....are you serious?   I said yup.       I dont know if they did or not.  LOL

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Re: Cleaning a chicken
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2012, 09:23:39 PM »
...One just called me a week ago..asking how to mark a chick so that her and her friends would know how to tell them apart.    I said.. dunk in different colored koolaid up to their heads.      Dead silence on the other end of the phone......    .....are you serious?   I said yup.       I dont know if they did or not.  LOL

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Okay...that's different. What about the molt? Or does it permanently stain the skin?
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Re: Cleaning a chicken
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2012, 09:27:16 PM »
They loose the yellow (colored)  fluff and you just dip em again.    They do that around here for Easter chicks.   I wouldnt KEEP on doing it.. but for a few weeks that the girls will have the chicks it would be ok.    The novelty of having them will wear out real soon.   ha ha

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Re: Cleaning a chicken
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2012, 09:29:34 PM »
Have you seen those harnesses you can put on Roosters to deposit dye on the hens when they do the jiggaboo dance?    Thats a dye too.   

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Re: Cleaning a chicken
« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2012, 10:38:19 PM »
I remember mom used to mark them with little plastic coils like a couple of coils of a plastic spring that were available in different colors.  They came in red, yellow, green, blue, etc,.....you just spread them at the beginning of a coil enough to wind it on to the chick's 'ankle'.  I don't know if they are available anymore, but  different colors of zip-ties are available at Harbor Freight in a big tube of different sizes and colors that would work the same way.......just cinch one up enough so the chick's little leg has room to grow and yet won't slip off and then clip off the excess tail with a pair of sidecutters.
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Re: Cleaning a chicken
« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2012, 10:46:59 PM »
I remember mom used to mark them with little plastic coils like a couple of coils of a plastic spring that were available in different colors.  They came in red, yellow, green, blue, etc,.....you just spread them at the beginning of a coil enough to wind it on to the chick's 'ankle'.  I don't know if they are available anymore, but  different colors of zip-ties are available at Harbor Freight in a big tube of different sizes and colors that would work the same way.......just cinch one up enough so the chick's little leg has room to grow and yet won't slip off and then clip off the excess tail with a pair of sidecutters.
I remember those plastic coils. Haven't seen 'em in years. The zip-ties are a great idea. I've been wanting to band these new birds we're getting.
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