Having recently given up vegetarianism, I had a go at gutting a pigeon the other day - I've only been taught fish and mammals, so this was relatively new territory. I loosely followed the river cottage cookbook, but Hugh's methods seem a little messy and unlikely when using a flat grind 4" blade rather than a cleaver! :-?
Can anyone suggest a more bushcraft orientated way of dealing with birds? Is there any specific way to deal with a full crop - or is it just a case of slitting open and scooping out? What about the gall bladder - I've heard several ramblings about the dangers of rupturing it...is this the case? and is this the same for mammals? Oh and the feet - how do you remove them cleanly and does anyone know any of the oriental recipes for them?