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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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Hi Max,
The video is embedded on this page. Maybe try refreshing your screen to see if it shows up.
Hobby Farms Editor, Lexington, KY
Posted: 12/2/2013 6:20:06 AM
Dear Hobby farms your part 1 video has no link or video for butchering a chicken. Part 2 working just fine. Thank you
Max, Kingsville, MO
Posted: 11/30/2013 1:15:58 AM
Hi Richard,
The chickens in this video are Buff Orpingtons, excellent dual-purpose birds and, yes, quite large (up to 10 pounds). As you can see in the video, we're holding the chickens upside down by the feet, which puts them in a relaxed state before butchering.
Hobby Farms Editor, Lexington, KY
Posted: 10/15/2013 8:25:03 AM
Monster Birds , What breed are they? and how old are they? The Chickens look lifeless before the kill...
Richard, Grays, SC
Posted: 10/14/2013 6:52:21 AM
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