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    Default Sorry Oscar

    We (well Dave-next-door ) dispatched my bantam cockerel last night and I managed to pluck and gut him this morning ! Oven ready he weighed in at around 750grams so won't be able to entertain many friends! I've put him in the freezer as I need to forget his face before I can eat him I think!

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    Good for you Sue! It can't be easy but you did it! My bantam roos are facing the same fate if I can't get rid in pairs and trios with the girlies. I'm coming round to the idea of killing, poss with a 'priest' as I don't fancy using my bare hands..750g ain't bad.

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    Well done...not easy I know

    He came in at about the same weight as my bantam boys.
    My Marans were about 2kg. They are still in the freezer!

    We need to do our 3 geese pretty soon- so I'm going to be asking for help on that soon ( advice as how to restrain them etc)...they'll be in the freezer for a couple of months before Xmas /New Year just so we can face eating them


    My OH does the deed , I pluck and external dress- then he guts. Seems to move the stages on so he doesn't feel he's gutting what he's just killed....makes it a tad easier that way for us.
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    The traditional method with geese is the broomstick, and while the wings can flap a fair bit, because of the way they are held, the worst that can happen is an annoying whacking to the sides of the legs (of the person doing the job) for maybe half-a-dozen beats. Unless one 'bruises easily' there should be no problem at all.
    Because geese have MASSES of feathers, as well as down, plucking takes quite a long time. It isn't necessary to fully pluck before hanging (but a good idea to make a start), and those wanted for Christmas (can't avoid mentioning it in this context) should get at least 10 days hanging in a cool-cold shed or similar. With the weather being warmer just now, it may be tricky to fnd somewhere cool enough, and since these birds are a couple of months younger, maybe a week hanging would do.
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    I couldn't get my hand inside to gut him so had to butterfly(?) him. Now I've done one I know, I'm hoping to hatch some Ixworths or La Fleche next year as they make good layers and good table birds and there is a breeder of both very near to me.
    BTW my new Black Rocks have been laying since I brought them home on Saturday! 1 on Sunday and 2 each day since. Pretty good huh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suechooks View Post
    We (well Dave-next-door ) dispatched my bantam cockerel last night and I managed to pluck and gut him this morning ! Oven ready he weighed in at around 750grams so won't be able to entertain many friends! I've put him in the freezer as I need to forget his face before I can eat him I think!
    Well I hadn't got anything for Sunday dinner so out came Oscar! A bit chewy and not much of him but made an adequate meal for the 2 of us! First time I've had a complete dinner from the allotment! Can face it all again now so looking at good utility breeds I can source eggs from locally for the spring!

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    I'm very excited... we have nearly finished making our new bird run/area. Spent yesterday sloshing around putting up the aviary/game bird netting that takes the fence to 2m.

    Mr OWG is going to make me a gate, then everyone can come out and play!

    It's about 250sq m, so about 2/3 bigger than what they have now...

    Will take pics when it's all finished

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