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Part 1: How to Butcher a Chicken

Take your chickens from field to table by learning how to butcher them yourself on your hobby farm.

Disclaimer: This video contains the butchering of a live chicken. Please keep in mind the graphic nature of the content before watching.

As farm-to-table eating breaks into the habits of mainstream Americans, hobby farmers can take advantage of the fact that they are raising meat on their own land. Some chicken keepers who raise chickens for meat take their chickens to a local butcher or slaughter facility for processing, but butchering is a skill you can implement on your own farm.

Watch the video below to learn the first steps in the butchering process: butchering, scalding and plucking. Then watch part two to continue with the evisceration process.


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Thank you for a tastefully done video without all the he-man theatrics so many seem to use.
June, Troup, TX
Posted: 3/29/2015 10:45:33 AM
Thank you for these excellent videos! These are the best videos I have found on this topic. Directions were spot on. I scalded at 145 degrees until the wing tip feathers came out easily and plucking was very easy. My first attempt was over 15 years ago and I wound up skinning the birds. Feeling much better about the remaining roosters in the coop! Thanks again!
Tim, Pulaski, NY
Posted: 11/25/2014 12:52:27 PM
I wanted to thank you for such an informative & tasteful video! We culled & eviserated our first batch of roosters & everything went as planned. The only thing we did different was used culling cones & definitely licked the dogs up while performing the process. I didn't want them to think it was ok considering they're the watch dogs! Thanks again

Tattdfarmgirl in Creston
Laura, Creston, CA
Posted: 11/18/2014 4:15:09 PM
I like your method better than some others.
Calvin, Hazelton, ID
Posted: 11/8/2014 8:50:03 AM
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