If this is so, why do butchers persist in hanging game by the feet and in braces on crowded displays?

David Frost
The two key things when handling shot game are to allow it to cool as quickly as possible and to prevent fly strike.

Obviously this becomes easier as the season progresses.

Hanging by the neck is the simplest way of doing things.

It has the disadvantage that the wings tend to act as a form of insulation, delaying the cooling process.

Hanging by the feet allows for better air circulation but takes up more space and is more likely to result in damage to the bird, especially if the gut has been penetrated.

Once the bird has cooled to the correct temperature it doesn?t make a great deal of difference either way.

Many game dealers and some shoots use plastic crates in which they lay the birds down.

It eases handling and allows a reasonable air circulation.