Saturday: Our first time to pluck a chicken Or The Whiz Banger First Attempt
Sunday: Experience Under the Belt Or The Deed is Done
Ok...it's done. We got up and got our tables set up, got the water ready...Lots of rinsing. Rinse the bird after you kill it.
Put it in the Apple Cider Vinegar and Water Ice bath
Not a GLAMOUR SHOT!
Notice at NO. Time. did I say: " PLUCK IT" in my list above.
Here is what happened... Our Whiz Bang chicken plucker... or shall I say our version of it WORKED. But not like what we expected. We need to make some modifications and adjustments.
This weekend being our target date...to 'gitter done'-- I was not going to be deterred.
So after Saturday's experience; I decided I better get a plan 'B' in place.(back to the internet) We got up and The Honey dinked around with the machine. It didn't happen for us. So glad I had a plan "B" in place.
There have been lots of good videos done already on YOUTUBE ...so I'm sparing myself the effort of up loading any of ours.
This one below is a pretty good video. There is some wind; so the sound quality isn't that great. But I found it very helpful in the gutting process.
If you're interested in watching it.... here it is. Thanks to the Custer Family Farm for this great video.
And here is my first batch of NUGGETS!
Now... I must say ... Just because our Chicken Plucker didn't work how we expected it to. I am NOT going to label this event a total FAIL. NO.
This is what I decided today as I skinned each of these chickens and cleaned them. If we are to be living a sustainable life style; then it was definitely good for us to clean these chickens WITHOUT the chicken plucker. Without an electrical machine. We did it the old fashioned way. It wasn't pretty. It never was meant to be. We did this together The Honey and I. I caught them and strung them up. He cut their necks and removed the feet and heads.
I did the skinning and gutting and rinsing; while he prepped for the next bird.
It took us 7 hours to do 9 birds...that was with a 1 hour break and we each took a respective sit-down while the other did their job.I don't think it could have gone much quicker really with just the two of us.
I actually cleaned one bird in 16 minutes total!!!
Eventually, my daughter showed up and she took some photos and video...but she is a little on the squeamish side; and still very proud of her Momma and Daddy.
I'll review some of the details later of the costs of raising meat chickens and talk about some of the benefits and some of the aggravations later on...right now, I'm SUPER TIRED. I'm off to bed!
I'm linking this to the Homestead Barn Hop