Originally Posted by iammatt
The next time I truss a chicken I will take pics, if I remember. I am definitely a partisan of trussing with a needle.
OK, here you go. It is too many pics, but I haven't done many photo essays, so didn't know which ones to leave out. This is called double needle trussing. You can also do single needle, which is a little more difficult (I guess, it is pretty easy) but single needle is for chickens and down in size, while double needle is for any bird...
Pull the leg back toward the wing and stick the threaded needle in the joint between the drumstick and thigh.
Push straight through, out the other side.
Turn the bird over and go through the wing.
Then through the neck skin, under the neckbone and through the skin on the other side, closing it up tight.
Then through the wing as on the other side, and the string is back where it started.
Cut and tie.
Thread again, and on the same side you started, go through the soft bone just in front of the hip.
Straight through and out the other side.
Above the first leg, through the skin and above the second leg.
Again, back where you started, cut and tie.
Fully trussed, nice and tight.