Forgive us, okay, this is our very first family attempt at processing broiler chickens!
I posted FIVE videos somewhat in order to show you how we butchered, scalded, plucked (by machine) and cleaned our chickens:
- 38 Birds (Cornish Cross)
- $5 per day @ one day, cost for renting Flour Mill (feed store) chicken plucker
- 4-5 people processing, the 2 guys did the killin’ and pluckin’ and the girls cleaned, cooled, and wrapped the birds (and kept away bees!).
- approximately 5 hours work, including set up and clean up.
- Cost to raise birds: $10 each, including chick price and feed.
- Today’s average price for free-range chickens: $3.50/lb.
- @ today’s value, we averaged $21 value per bird minus $10 cost, $11 profit.
- But then mom and dad paid two families in “birds” for helping process.
- And then we all went out to dinner and had STEAK!
- So did we really profit anything, because I didn’t even include the 30+ minutes a day of dad’s effort in raising and moving the birds.
- Oh well, at least we know where the meat was raised and what they were fed!!
- And we had a great time as a family, LOTS of laughter!
- Don’t use a cardboard refrigerator box as your wind shield for the propane tank. Note the burned edges of wood on the table when dad is finishing the plucking!
- Dad cut a metal 55 gallon drum in half and cut out a section for the propane line for the new wind guard. It works excellent, we use it now when canning food.
- The freezer was under a heavy load trying to cool all the birds, so we split up the birds among our freezers to try to help lessen the load of the main freezer.
- No, we do not hire out! 🙂 Well, maybe if you ask nice…
WRAPPING THE CHICKEN FOR THE FREEZER: