Rectangular Killing Cones
The rectangular killing cones are well-indicated for restraining birds in place while killing/slaughter. This is necessary to keep the birds in place if nerves kick in after the slaughtering process and the birds begin to jump or struggle. This way you don’t have a “chicken running around with its head cut off”.
- This method can be used for the slaughter of a small number of birds as the slaughter must be humane. The whole process from catching to the point of death must be performed in a controlled manner so that the birds are protected from any avoidable pain, distress or suffering. Approaching the task in a confident, patient, calm and quiet manner will produce the best outcome for both the bird and the user.
The slaughter process
- The slaughter process has been divided into several stages (preparation, catching and handling, restraint, stunning and slaughter).
- It’s very important to keep the chicken calm before the kill.
- A stressed-out chicken can mean a loss of glycogen levels which will negatively affect the taste, tenderness, color and keeping quality of the meat.
How to use the restraining/killing cone
- The bird is placed in the cone with the head hanging below.
- Grip the neck and slaughter the bird.
- Check for signs that the bird is dead-feel the neck for a gap in the vertebrae;
- Ensure the bird is not breathing/ensure there is no blink reaction if the eye is touched and that the pupil is dilated.
- The bird can then be scalded, de-feathered and processed.