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freaking out
#1
i am sitting at my computer freaking out its 1.AM i cant sleep for sometime today i am going to kill.

i have 3 cockerels that are screaming the place down At AM every morning.

i knew this day would come.

i feel scared will i do it right. will they suffer. what do i do after the deed is done.

will i want to eat them. gosh so many questions going through my head

this is what i plan to do

i will use the broom method a pan will be boilings on my camp stove i will

dip each one in and then pluck there feathers i plan to then gut them in that order

i will say a little prayer and the put them in freezer heaven.

please let me do it right



i will let you know what happens what really happened and how i felt
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#2
Oh I've just sent you a pm prior to reading this <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Smile' />



If you intend to prep (pluck and gut) them straight after culling, you'll not need to dip them in hot water to make plucking easier as they tend to be easier plucked straight after culling anyway <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Smile' />

also there is a train of thought believing that hot water dipping risks bacteria development.



if there is anything you feel unsure of please do ask as there are folk here that can offer good advice from their own experiencesSmile

culling for the first time is a big thing and no question will ever be thought of as silly <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Smile' />
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#3
Good luck with the cull.I did it last year and the feelings afterwards were not nice.You will feel better knowing that there will be no complaints from the noise though.
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#4
Once you've dressed your birds, put them in the fridge for 24 hours (lets the muscles etc. relax and the natural chemicals in the muscles to disapate so they will be tender) before putting them in the freezer.



I always freeze my birds for about two months - puts a bit of distance between the deed (which I hate doing, even all these years later!) and the meal on the plate, if you catch my drift!
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#5
Good luck. I am sure it won't be pleasant but how nice for you to know your birds have had a happy life and a happy death. Somewhere they know, not stuck upside down on a conveyer belt, not having travelled miles in a truck to get there. You need to think of the positives and good on you for being brave enough to do it. As my kids would say, respect!
If they can be taught to hate, they can be taught to love.
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#6
Oh how I feel for you it isnt apleasant thing to have to do.

But the broomstick method is straight forward and leaves no doubt that the job has been done with as little distress as possible for the bird (if not the human)

I think Squizzers comments about putting time distance between deed and plate are very wise.

I would also advise not to bother with boiling water on fresh killed birds.

You may find plucking 3 on the trot a bit hard going so pace yourself and be prepared to leave one hanging to do later.



Take deep breaths before you start you can do it after all we are not that far removed from ancestors that had no other way of getting meat without a DIY attitude.
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#7
Every bird we raise, cull and eat is one less bird in the supermarket. Having culled hundreds over the years i still dont enjoy it but it does get easier and its also a very ethical thing to do. Nothing beats eating home reared meat.
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#8
wow so many replys thank you

well i did it well sort of

it took me the best part of 35 minites to catch said birds

made the mistake of looking in those eyes and thought i cant do this

i have made a big mistake in getting chickens.

but the day had come and there was noother way that i could see out of this situation.

so whith a heavy heart and heavy breathing i put the first one under the broom

and felt like i was going to have a panic attack.

my heart was beating like i have never heard it before i took a deep breath and

pulled and twisted with everything i had.

the head came clean of the body and then did the death dance

it wasant a preety site but to be honest i coped better than i thought i would

being that i didnt throw up. it was amazingly easy to pluck and there was minamalamount of mess ie.

blood and poo. i could only do two of the three but at least i have learned something about myself.

1 I am a lot stronger than i thought

2 i do not like the broom stick method prefer to chop head of with axe

3 I will never ever let a cockeral grow out and cull when a lot younger
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#9
Well done!!
Never forget that life is a finite resource.

Experience is something you gain just after you needed it most.
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#10
Well done shella I too have had the head come off its due to the fact you want to do it properly and dont yet know how hard to pull. I have found with smaller birds it is easier to use your hands then you can feel the vertibrae separate and know when to stop pulling. The blood is then collected in the space between the vertibrae and it is all very quick and clean. This does take a bit more technique but is really quite simple.



Have a stiff drink and relax and pat yourself on the back for being strong enough to see it through. <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/wink.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Wink' />
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#11
Well done. x
If they can be taught to hate, they can be taught to love.
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#12
update



am feeling a bit strange

i know it had to be done but the feeling of guilt is strong

but i know this will ease in time from reading on this forum

yes i could do with a stiff drink right about now

everything is going to be OK

so for you who have yet to do the deed

read up on different ways to do it there are alot of people

willing to help you along the way just ask no question is to stupid or to small

this forum has helped me.

so put your mind at ease and

pick a way and stick to it if that way does not suit you

try another. you will have feelings but that is what makes you strong

go with those feeling don't try to hide them.

and you know what you are going to be OK
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#13
[quote name='shella' date='15 May 2011 - 01:58 AM' timestamp='1305421112' post='234279']

update



am feeling a bit strange

i know it had to be done but the feeling of guilt is strong

but i know this will ease in time from reading on this forum

yes i could do with a stiff drink right about now

everything is going to be OK

so for you who have yet to do the deed

read up on different ways to do it there are alot of people

willing to help you along the way just ask no question is to stupid or to small

this forum has helped me.

so put your mind at ease and

pick a way and stick to it if that way does not suit you

try another. you will have feelings but that is what makes you strong

go with those feeling don't try to hide them.

and you know what you are going to be OK

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#14
I have huge respect for you.

The first time I used the broomstick method I too pulled the head off, but now I feel the moment when the neck snaps.

I find getting straight on with other jobs to stop me thinking too much helps as well.

Well done.
Today is the First Day of the rest of our lives.
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