After all the questions I got on butchering my first chicken I will share a bit about that with you.. BUT I am no expert!! LOL.. So if you are looking to me to give you step-by-step instructions.. sorry!! I canÃ‚â€™t do that. I am still learning this one!
I can recommend Carla EmeryÃ‚â€™s book, Encyclopedia of Country Living. It is a great book and I refer to it all the time for all my country living questions.
For my rooster, I read all the options I had and ended up tying his feet together and hanging him upside down (I used a low cross beam on my wood shelter to tie him to) and cutting his head off with a very sharp knife. I had a bucket right under him to catch the blood.
Before I even started I took a large pot (14 qt size) and got water boiling in it. When it reached 185 degrees my daughters brought the pot outside. I dipped my bird in this hot water for about 30 seconds.
I pulled him out and 2 of my daughters and I began plucking feathers. The feathers pulled out very easily. It took us maybe 5 minutes. I had newspaper out to catch the feathers to make clean up easier.
Then I took him inside and washed him in my sink, and following CarlaÃ‚â€™s directions in her book, I cut him open and cleaned him out. I soaked him in cold water too while I cleaned everything up. Then I put him the fridge for about an hour to cool down and after that proceeded to make Rooster Noodle Soup .
After all was finished we buried all the mess so that the coyotes donÃ‚â€™t come looking around here for something to eat!!
So there are all the details.. maybe more than you wanted to know!!
Now to get the other 9 done..