After church I went out and grabbed the chicken out of the tractor, put him in a box and took him into the garage. Then I had to get things set up.
|Out of the 11 broilers he had the biggest comb by far.|
|18 inch traffic cone.|
|I cut the top off so the chicken's head would fit through.|
|Newspapers still have a use after all.|
Once the water was hot I set up the processing station. I put up a table and covered it with newspaper. I had various knives and scissors as well as gloves and a spray bottle with some bleach solution. Before starting, I cleaned all of my utensils and work surfaces (including the sink) with the bleach solution.
The next part wasn't too fun, but it really wasn't that bad. I had to slit his throat. For that I used one of those breakaway razor knives available at Home Depot. Supposedly if you use a sharp enough knife they don't even feel the cut. Then they bleed out in about a minute. Towards the end right before their heart stops they spasm. That freaked me out a bit.
I waited a little while longer to make sure he was done and then washed him off in the sink. From there he went to the pot of hot water. That loosened up the feathers. Pulling the feathers was a very time consuming task. I had gloves on when I started, but they were too much of a hindrance so they came off. Pulling the feathers on the table didn't work so well either. I found that it was easier to do in the sink. That way I could keep washing off the bird to find the ones that I missed. I'm not entirely convinced that I got them all, but it was good enough to move on to the next step.
Then it was back to the cutting board. I'm not going into a lot of detail here. I basically followed the instructions on this site. It wasn't that bad really. I did put a glove back on when it was time to pull the organs out. I saved the liver and gave it to my dog. She sniffed it, looked at me, sniffed it again, and walked away. I thought for sure she'd eat it. Oh well. It along with all of the internal parts and feathers went into a plastic bag and into the freezer. They'll go in the trash next week.
I weighed the final product. It came in at 3 lbs. 6 oz. At $6.50/lb. (like at the farmers market) that works out to $21.94.