After I got that started, I went out to the garage/workshop to get some pix of DH setting up for butchering.
First, he filled up the turkey fryer with water and got it heating up to dunk the chickens in- to make plucking easier.
While that was heating, he filled up several buckets and coolers with ice water to put the cleaned animals in.
Then he placed a clean board on his saw horses and lined up his knives. Beside this he put a bucket of hot soapy/bleached water to clean the knives and the "table" top.
Once he was satisfied he had everything he needed for butchering, he stepped outside and set up the killing cones for the chickens. He used a piece of shelving turned on its side with the cones hanging through. We ended up using 2 cones because we were processing older hens and younger roosters so we needed 2 different size openings.
Then he went back inside and set up a hanger for me to pluck the birds on. He uses one we bought for deer processing and ties rope with slip knots on the ends to place the feet in. We put a big trash barrel underneath to catch MOST of the feathers and make clean-up a little easier.
I didn't get a picture of the rabbit killing box. He uses a cardboard box, slightly larger than the rabbit with a little bit of hay or greens in the bottom.
And there you have our butchering outfit. Mostly homemade or re-purposed items make up the whole set-up, which is perfect for small scale home processing!
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