So one of my Australorp cockerels broke it's leg (presumably by running through a narrow wire mesh) and I had to take it out of it's misery. It really was too early as he was only about 10 weeks old and there wasn't that much meat, but it would have been a shame to discard, so my wife cooked chicken soup.
But the meat is not very tender, in fact it's a bit tough. Not very tough but much more than what I'm used to from the stores. My sweet 2½yo son said he liked it, but he kept chewing on the same piece and my wife is not very satisfied either.
I did let the bird rest in the fridge for 3 days, although our fridge is not very cold at about 8c or 45f (we're postponing replacement until we get our new kitchen). Could that be the reason, or perhaps it's young age? Or something else?
Our chickens have access to feed for growing chicks, but they don't eat it very much, as they have access to tons of grass cuttings, worms, insects, food scraps etc.
You gotta help me out, guys. It's my wife's permission to raise chickens for meat that's on the line here, and it took a lot of convincing to get!