This is Part 7 of the Series Tools (used on my 'stead) Parts 1-6 can be found here.
Butchering, a pretty picture it does not make. But would look good on the cover of a horror novel. When it comes to butchering your bird, there is relatively few tools involved. Your hands will be important in many different aspects, from catching to the actual butcher, be it done by hand or man made objects.
For the process you will also need rope, and a high enough place to allow your bird to bleed out. We use a tree. A machete, or hatchet can be used. A board, or in our case a piece of railroad tie that has two nails hammered in about 2 inches apart. The most important of all your tools, nerves.
Dressing out/processing your birds.
Depending on the size of your bird you will need either a large garbage can (only thing that would hold our turkey)
or a large pot.
Water and a heat source are needed. Also a place to dress out the bird, such as a tarp on a table
or in the case of our ducks and chickens, a trash bag and a piece of ground. (Another thing on our list to build is a slaughtering house) running water and a hose should be close by. A pair of excellent field shears and knife. Pliers, small torch, instructions if it your first time, a husband or male that is willing to do the dirty work for you, and a stomach made of steel.
Storing is a matter of cooking and eating, canning or wrapping for the freezer.
For more on how-to do these things, read Butchering your Rooster, Butchering your Ducks, and Butchering your Turkey.
And please, I already know all the arguments against eating meat, remember I was a vegan for a very long time. So please, no outlandish comments about how evil I am.
Also I am requesting that my fellow homesteaders that blog to please write a list of tools that you use for butchering and dressing out the type of livestock that you keep. Tim, looking at you for rabbits. It doesn't need to be a how-to, just a list of tools, for this is my limit on butchering. Please leave a comment here with the link, thank you.