Are my roosters too tough to eat now?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by atwoodgirl, Aug 6, 2011.

  1. atwoodgirl

    atwoodgirl New Egg

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    I have three roosters in a flock of 20. My two easter egger rooster are both mean and aggressive. We are going to get rid of them and my husband wants to process them to eat. They are about 17 months old and I am wondering if they will be too tough?
     
  2. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    That ain't nothing a crockpot can't cure.


    I do mine with a jar of failed pickles. Mmm...pickled rooster. Tender.
     
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  3. yankeedoodle300

    yankeedoodle300 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. Tracydr

    Tracydr Chillin' With My Peeps

    You could also can them or pressure cook them.
     
  5. Hummingbird Hollow

    Hummingbird Hollow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Coq au Vin (literally "rooster in red wine") is probably the most famous of all French chicken dishes, and is traditionally made with an old rooster. Here's a link to Julia Childs Coq a Vin recipe. If you use it, please post your comments OK?

    http://whatscookingamerica.net/Poultry/CoqAuVin.htm
     
  6. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    A chicken is never too old to butcher and eat.. just remember to brine it and slow cook.. older birds actually have a very good flavor (sometimes much better than younger birds)
     
  7. atwoodgirl

    atwoodgirl New Egg

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    Thank you everyone for the replies! I guess he wins this one! LOL! Anyway, thank you for the recipes and the advice.
     
  8. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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  9. ChickenSnake

    ChickenSnake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thats a really cool article, I'm gonna have to test those statements [​IMG]

    And now I feel so justified in keeping my own chickadoo's!
     
  10. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A 3 year old Brahma rooster of mine got killed, so I roasted him for the dog as I don't eat meat. The meat came easily off the bones after two and a half hours of slow roasting, so a 17 month old should be pretty fine.
     

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