As a child, I watched my grandmother prepare for Sunday dinner by going out into the yard, catching an old hen, wringing her neck and that’s when I quit watching. A few hours later we had chicken. As an adult I’ve got to figure out what happened in between me going somewhere my grandmother was not and eating lunch. I think I’ve figured it out:
How to Butcher a Chicken
This online tutorial from ButcherAChicken.com for learning step-by-step how to butcher chickens has everything you could want to know about the subject. Knowing how to make fried chicken out of a living bird is a valuable skill in any preppers base of knowledge. Humans have done it for thousands of years and we can, too!
This tutorial takes you from figuring out what tools you need all the way through, each step thoroughly discussed, to preparing it for freezer or making broth. I recommend you print it out to keep a hard copy for future reference; the information is that good.
Backwoods Home shows how they butcher a chicken in 20 minutes or less. It’s very easy to follow the steps and the diagram they have drawn. With 40 years of experience they definitely know what they are talking about.
How to Kill a Chicken
It’s not that terrible! You can see here that the method to kill a chicken from Allotment Garden is quick, painless (to you both) and not messy.
Homesteading Hippy had to butcher the chickens herself when their processor was busy. She used a quick knife method to kill the chicken that sounds easier to me.
This post from Cultivating Home shows you the easy way to butcher a chicken with a supply list, steps from catching the chicken to getting it ready to cook or freeze.
For a good introduction to butchering including knife skills and what not to do we recommend Home Butchering Handbook: A Living Free Guide (Living Free Guides) .
Knowing how to take a bird all the way through will give you a real sense of independence. Having a flock of chicken – renewable fowl resource – and knowing how to butcher, will guarantee food on the table. And a great thing about chickens is they find a lot of their own food if allowed to free-range. We can do it!
Have you ever killed, cleaned and cooked a chicken? We’d like to learn from your experience so please leave us a comment.
Edited to add some additional information you might like to read:
- How To Make A Chicken Cone And Butcher Chickens from Trayer Wilderness
- My First Experience Butchering A Chicken from The Backyard Pickler