Remembering Past Chicken Butchering Days

It has been quiet on the mini-farm this week.  We’re getting ready to gather the annual Christmas tree and preparing the pig for going to the butcher next week.  In the quiet of winter coming on, I’ve been reminiscing on our past chicken butchering days.  Although it was work running our small pastured poultry business and doing our own on-farm butchering, it was good work.  We’ll probably start it up again when Theodore gets a little older to run the operation.

Thinking back on those days, I thought I would share some pictures of the equipment and setup we used during our first on-farm butchering days.

Whizbang chicken plucker

James and the Whizbang chicken plucker he built:





Homemade chicken butchering station


Our homemade chicken butchering station made from a old restaurant stainless steel prepping table and sink:




chicken scalder setup



Turkey friers made good scalders:






homemade chicken killing cone station


Homemade killing cone station work great:




dressed chicken in the pot


Final product of dressed chicken in the broiler:






What kind of set up have you used for butchering chickens?


Larry Braley

About Larry Braley

Blessed husband to a wonderful, virtuous woman and father of five, a daughter-in-law and granddaughter. Raised on a midsize farm in the midwest during my childhood and early teen years. Moved away for several years to live the corporate life. Glad to be back in the country raising my family, teaching life skills and developing our mini-farm.
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