Preparing For Butchering Day – Homemade Killing Cone
Leah and I decided that we didn’t want our chickens to flail around while bleeding out, so we decided that a killing cone was just the thing for us. You can buy them, but since we are trying to do everything as inexpensively as possible, we decided to surf the net and find out how someone else had solved the problem. We decided that this post at BackyardChickens.com from “Sparky” of Layton, UT was just right for us. We built two killing cones from these instructions and they worked very well for us.
Here are Sparky’s Instructions:
A good solid 5 gallon bucket will make an adjustable killing cone that will last for years. Cut the bottom off of the bucket with a power saw (circular, reciprocating or jig saw) and then make a cut the full length of the bucket from top to bottom. Now you can make a funnel out of the bucket just like you would make a funnel out of a piece of paper, just make the bottom into a smaller opening than the top. When you get it twisted to the size chicken or small turkey you will be killing, secure it with a wrap of duct tape around the top and the bottom to hold the size. If you process different size birds, just remove the duct tape and make the cone larger or smaller. I leave the existing bucket handle on, to hang on a hook while killing the bird. If you use loppers for removing the head, make a miniature shepherds crook out of a piece of stiff wire, hook it around the birds neck and use it to stretch out the head and neck for the lopping process. You will never miss.