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Are Old Brown Layer Hens good to eat?

post #1 of 6
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I was just wondering if they are because i have some old hens who are not laying anymore.  I was just curious whether they have  a good  quality meat to eat?

post #2 of 6

i think they do and that its better because they are fatter and have more meat

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

I thought they didn't have alot of meat? Just feathers?

post #4 of 6

Laying hens don't have a lot of meat on them, and older birds tend to be tough, true.

 

BUT, I have yet to run into a cut of meat that doesn't taste like heaven after a day in the crockpot. I believe you do need to let the meat 'rest' in the fridge for a few days after harvesting, however, to work out rigor mortis.

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"It's easy. You draw a red line on the ground, right? Then you wait for a chicken to come along. When he arrives, he puts his beak right on the line and he's hypnotized!"
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post #5 of 6
Google the phrase "stewing hen"

That's what spent layers are. Used to be common once upon a time. Let them 'rest' in the ice box for a few days then either cook them low, slow, with plenty of moisture or pressure cook them. Fantastic flavor if you know how to cook an old bird.
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post #6 of 6
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Thanks for all of the help everyone

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