Saturday, May 15, 2010

Your time is up, my pretty!

9 1/2 weeks after we brought home 20 cute little chickies, it was time to fulfill their destiny! :bwahaha!: As we loaded them up into the truck to take over to a friend's house (she had all the equipment for the job and many more birds to deal with than us), my uncle gave the poultry a final salute as he hummed "Taps."

We caught the chickens, one by one, and flipped them upside down into the 'killer cones'

Once the slitting deed was done, we had to wait a couple minutes before we could defeather the goobers. We would throw them into the plucker, turn on the water, and let her spin! This strange contraption saved up :so: much time.

Oh yes. You wouldn't want to mess with us. ;)

Odd how it worked...

Emily was kind enough to show us how it's done. You chop off the head and the legs (at the knee joint), dislodge the trachea, esopogus, and something that is attached, and then make a slit to pull out the lovely inards. Just make sure to get all the lung out... they're sort of stuck inside the rib cage.

Even Emily's little sisters watched in apprehensive enthrallment.
All in all, it was quite a fun day - considering what we were doing.


  1. That is absolutely disgusting! The feathers, the headless chicken! How on earth did you manage to do it?

  2. That was a FUN day!! I dunno what Meg is complaining about... ;) We should do it again! :D

    4 giggling girls + a strange job to be doing = a crazy, fun day! I still chuckle when I think about you and I playing with the feet, and me throwing a chicken head at you! ;D LOL.

    Didn't we do somewhere around 60 or 70 birds that day?

    If you can find fun in something like butchering chickens, you are well prepared to face life.

    ~Caity :)

  3. That's so funny Sarah! Wow I didn't know there was such a thing as a killer cone or a plucker! We used to just have to do it by hand! How cool tho!