3 year old hens, will they be good to eat

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Graey, Jan 29, 2011.

  1. Graey

    Graey New Egg

    Jan 29, 2011
    I have 3 year old hens, dual purpose, rir, astro, and others, i want to butcher and sell them, my question is this: will the meat be terrible? I have heard theyd be fine and others tell me its not ok... I dont want these hens to ruin my reputation for meat, so is it worth the butcher, will they be ok, i have neeb fattening them up with bread and corn for a few weeks, please any one who has actually tasted hens of this age and have this experience please let me know whats what, im very conflicted, thank you so much,
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2011
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    It depends on who you are selling them to, what they expect, and how much experience they have. Older chickens can be cooked, but not by the same methods you cook the younger birds. They have to be cooked long, slow, and moist.

    Will they ruin your reputation for meat? If the people getting them know they are old birds and know how to handle that, you'll be fine. If they think they do but really don't, you have a problem. If they don't understand cooking older birds at all, you have a huge problem.
  3. Graey

    Graey New Egg

    Jan 29, 2011
    Quote:Thanks for the input... I agree they should be educated on how to cook them, do you know any web sites on this, good ones that is?
  4. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 9, 2009
    Olympia, WA

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