Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Salt and Light, May 26, 2008.

  1. Salt and Light

    Salt and Light Songster

    May 20, 2008
    Osteen, FL
    I was just reading in a book about caponizing chickens. The book outlined the procedure and I'm wondering if anyone actually does this themselves?

  2. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    Very few people do these days. Prior to the 1950's and 1960's, the only way to get a large roasting chicken was to caponize. You're making the chicken equivelant to a steer in cows.

    But, since that time, the genetics going into broiler production imprved immensely. We now hvae birds which will be larger than capons could ever grow in as little as 8 weeks. Modern broilers also have better body conformation and FCR.

    The caponization itself is actually surgery (the testicles are internal). So, I feel putting the animal through the stress, to get results which are worse than a custom bred broiler, doesn't make any sense to me. So I elect not to caponize and I can't think of anyone in here that still does (although I've read some stories about people doing it in their youth).

    I found a capon once at a high end meat shop and ate it. I'm glad that I did, in the sense in keeping the tradition alive. But, honestly, it was no better than your standard organic chicken and if anything I didn't like it as much. So, I wouldn't buy one again.
  3. willheveland

    willheveland Songster

    Jan 29, 2008
    southern tier,NY
    I think in this day and age it is not worth it.I've seen it done and it is alot of stress on the bird.Sometimes they get infected under their wing at the insision.I seen where they would get like a small bubble under the wing and my friend would tell me to "just pop it with your jack-knife"
    I thought for awhile you could get them around here through Cornell University already done,but we never tried them.With the monster rocks we have now available there is no need to caponize.
    But if you are curious and looking for a project,go for it.If it is more chicken you want just order a few extra broilers in your batch. Will

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