Cornish game hen quickie question.

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Trollkiller, Dec 14, 2008.

  1. Trollkiller

    Trollkiller Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I decided to slaughter 4 of my Cornish X next week and have Cornish game hens for Christmas dinner. The birds are three weeks old now and weigh between 1 1/4 lb and 1 3/4 lb and I am assuming they will be "close enough" come next weekend.

    I went online in an attempt to find out how much they would have cost at the store in order to justify to myself the early harvest.

    Anyhow I found this on a website and now I am slightly confused because I thought the game hens were just young chickens and not a separate breed.

    http://www.lobels.com/store/main/item.asp?item=198

    All-Natural Cornish Game Hens
    Cornish game hens are a breed of domestic chicken that weigh 20 to 24 ounces when fully mature. They have a light, savory, slightly stronger flavor than chicken, but not as strong as partridge or quail. Game hens are an ideal solution for entertaining¬ójust figure a half or a whole hen per person, depending on appetite size and whether the hens are stuffed.

    Is that true? Also does anyone know about how much game hens are at a normal grocery store?​
     
  2. Mojo Chick'n

    Mojo Chick'n Empress of Chickenville

    I believe the game hens are the bantam breed of the cornish.

    I've seen them at Walmart for pretty cheap - like a couple of bucks, to 3 bucks each.

    meri
     
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    There is a breed called a cornish game hen which is the description you found. However, the "cornish game hen" you buy at the store IS a 4 week old or so cornish x rock chicken. Industry doesn't use the breed cornish game hen to make the little birds you buy at the store, since to reach the size would take 4-5 months at least, and wouldn't be economical if they can do it a month or less. The small size is sort of a special presentation type deal, where the small individual size bird just looks good.

    Found a wiki article on it:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornish_game_hen

    Don't know store cost since I don't buy small birds as they are more $$ than the big ones whole.
     
  4. skeeter

    skeeter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    once again silkichicken has the correct info,she is soooo smart,
    oh maybe thats why Oregon State wants her,GO BEAVES
     
  5. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    They are just baby Cornish crosses. I think 100 years ago, Dark Cornish were used for table birds prior to the industrialization/hybridization of the broiler industry. So, I think it's an allusion to that era when the Cornish was a common table bird.
     
  6. Trollkiller

    Trollkiller Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I suppose that site may be selling Dark Cornish instead of Cornish X.

    What I read the Dark Cornish don't get much larger that a Cornish game hen.

    Thanks guys for helping me out.
     
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  7. Roosterboy

    Roosterboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At our local grocery store i think i saw them for a couple bucks a piece but they are relatively expensive at restaurants.
     
  8. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    Yep, Silkiechicken is right on.

    3 or 4 week old cornish X. Bet the sale would go down if people knew they were eating baby chicks.

    I dont see anything wrong if its 3 week or 8 weeks.
     
  9. Laskaland

    Laskaland ThE gRoOvY cHiCkEn

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    I received my Penzey spice catalog today
    www.penzeys.com
    They have a "romantic" valentine dinner for two [​IMG]
    They feature ROAST CORNISH HENS.

    so, to achieve a 16-18oz cornish hen, how old would they need to be to butcher? As I read the above, it would need to be a Cornish X Rock, right??

    Thanks!
    Christina
     
  10. Mrs.Puff

    Mrs.Puff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm subbing for an Ag teacher today, and in the livestock textbook, it says that cornish game hens for market are indeed just broilers not to maturity.
     

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