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can I eat egg laying birds?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by chick-e-chick, Apr 3, 2009.

  1. chick-e-chick

    chick-e-chick Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello!

    I have three hens, just about a year old, they free range and I've been feeding them layers pellets and keeping them for the eggs, would these hens be ok to have butchered to eat?
     
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2009
  2. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    Yes they will eb fine to butcher and eat. They just wont have as much meat as a meat bird.
     
  3. mandolinmama

    mandolinmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I eat mine sometimes. Mostly just the mean roosters. The meat is tougher than you might expect when they are free range. They also are a bit scrawnier than you might think. They make good soups, but poor roaters or friers.
     
  4. chick-e-chick

    chick-e-chick Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the replies, I don't know if I'll actually be able to do it, but have been thinking about eating them!!
     
  5. jbowyer01

    jbowyer01 Just Me!

    Aug 29, 2008
    Hogansville, Georgia
    chick e chick I am so glad you asked this question. I have an over abundance of possible roos and they are bantam cochins. I was wondering if I could use them for food also. I realize they would basically only be good for soup and such since they are small.
     

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