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Harvesting my 18 month old hens

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Hi all!

 

Just wanted to get some insight on butchering my 6 hens for food.  They are 18 months old- if I let them sit for a couple of days would they be at all tasty?  Is this going to be a ground chicken and stock thing only?  Thanks for the input!  

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The day before culling, do not allow access to food (but water, of course). Some people let the meat rest for a couple of days or so in the fridge, others make brine and leave them for roughly the same time. If you use a slow-cooker the meat should be relatively tender - the taste makes up for any toughness in my opinion. Stewing is the only way forward for chickens of that age i would suggest.

 

CT

Nairobi, Kenya
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:welcome

 

It's been a long time since I've butchered a layer, but low and slow is going to be the way to go. They usually have a lot more fat than a cockerel, so you might want to render some of that out also. If I recall correctly, I just pressure cooked my hens the same as I do the cockerels and they came out great. Pull the meat and use for recipes calling for cooked chicken--enchiladas, casseroles, etc.

Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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