Originally Posted by patandchickens
I recently processed three cockerels, two of whom were half-brothers but one was about 15 wks and the other was about 18 wks. I was amazed by the difference in testicle size between them. Talk about your instant puberty! No wonder cockerels are such sex maniacs at that age
Edited by dancingbear - 10/1/09 at 12:47pm
Yeah, when I saw how big they were in the cockerels I butchered, I knew why they'd become such a PITA, and were harassing the hens to death.
The hens did not miss them. Neither did I, and they were tasty!
I don't feed the testes to my pets, because I don't know if the testosterone would make get them all revved up and aggressive. I don't need instant dog and cat fights all over. They have plenty of other innards to eat, anyway. My DH likes the hearts and gizzards, but only from younger birds. Too tough, in the older ones, because he only like hearts and gizzards fried. So with the post-pubescent birds, the dogs and cats get hearts, livers, gizzards, spleen, lungs, and some of the fat. Throw away or compost the guts, heads, and feathers. Then the rest is for us.