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Are Old Brown Layer Hens good to eat?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by afarrington2, Jul 26, 2012.

  1. afarrington2

    afarrington2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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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?
     
  2. rayado

    rayado Out Of The Brooder

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    i think they do and that its better because they are fatter and have more meat
     
  3. afarrington2

    afarrington2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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

    Pele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  5. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    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.
     
  6. afarrington2

    afarrington2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for all of the help everyone
     

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