Butchering older birds - is it worth it?

RiddleMe

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I have two 1yo birds, and ameraucana roo (not so nice) and an EE hen (egg eater), who are destined for the butcher block. I've never butchered before, so plan to at least dispatch and pluck to get the experience. But is it worth the effort of cleaning completely and cooking birds at this age, or will they just be tough? I have friends who feed their dogs raw diet and would be happy to give them plucked (or skinned) birds, maybe that's the best way to go?
 

Reurra

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Dont give your dogs chicken bones, the bones are brittle and can cut up the inside of your dogs intestine. A good source for learning to butcher is youtube. Believe it or not, there are some good videos on there of humane and gentle ways of dispatching a bird for feasting. Ive heard of people eating birds that are as old as 4 years old. I dont think they should be too tough, but I would recommend slow roasting (covered pan with 1/2 cup water @ 325 for 3 hours) to make the meat drop off the bone. You will know when the bird is done when you can pull the drumstick away from the thigh without too much resistance.
 

RiddleMe

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I may be wrong but I thought that was only cooked chicken bones. As part of a raw food diet, I don't believe there is the same danger.
HEChicken is correct, it's a common practice to give raw chickens, bones and all, as part of a raw food diet. The bones aren't brittle in their raw state, so don't pose any health threat to the dogs.
 

dainerra

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raw chicken bones with a bit of meat on them are EXCELLENT for cleaning your dogs teeth!
cooked bones are a big no-no, of course!
 

Reurra

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Ah, I see. I always learned that it was a big NO-NO to feed dogs chicken bones. If there is a difference I had not heard about it.
 

dainerra

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it's kind of gross, but you can take an uncooked leg bone and bite through it yourself. Definitely no problem for dogs! :)
 

Clay Mudd

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I have two 1yo birds, and ameraucana roo (not so nice) and an EE hen (egg eater), who are destined for the butcher block. I've never butchered before, so plan to at least dispatch and pluck to get the experience. But is it worth the effort of cleaning completely and cooking birds at this age, or will they just be tough?
At a year old or older, they'll be tough if you fry them, or otherwise treat them like grocery store mushbirds. But they're great for braised or poached dishes such as coq au vin or chicken and dumplings -- the flavor is far richer than a younger birds.

FWIW, some restaurant chefs have been complaining about not being able to buy the kind of older rooster that coq au vin was traditionally made from.
 

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