Culling young roosters when can I eat them?

rocketdoctor

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We were in denial but now sure that some of our 4-month-old chickens are roosters, I definitely can't have these and don't know anyone that wants them. I was thinking I would just cull and cook them up. Only problem they have been on medicated feed. Ive heard I shouldn't eat eggs from birds until they have been off the medicated feed for at least 2 weeks, what about eating the bird ?would two weeks be long enough as well? They aren't crowing too much now so I think I can wait another 2 weeks.
 

chickengeorgeto

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We were in denial but now sure that some of our 4-month-old chickens are roosters, I definitely can't have these and don't know anyone that wants them. I was thinking I would just cull and cook them up. Only problem they have been on medicated feed. Ive heard I shouldn't eat eggs from birds until they have been off the medicated feed for at least 2 weeks, what about eating the bird ?would two weeks be long enough as well? They aren't crowing too much now so I think I can wait another 2 weeks.
Here we go again, medicated chicken feed (regardless of the name) contains NO MEDICINE, no antibiotics, no growth hormones, etc etc etc. The only thing that sets medicated chick feed apart from non-medicated chick feed is an artificial form of niacin maybe quite similar to the niacin in the fortified foods that you or I feed our children. This form of niacin is impossible for the Coccidosis organism to process into energy so they die of starvation while still in the chicks' gut, but not before the chicks' immune system learns to identify and appropriately respond to the Coccidosis organism. I don't know what kind or how many little crowers that you are dealing with but you may wish to investigate some quail pot pie or partridge & peas recipes.
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On a more serious note. The hubbub that constantly surrounds medicated chick feed is ample evidence that the phony Green lobby is unconcerned with your health, your families health, or with the Environment, they only want to muddy the waters in a almost criminal attempt to create a controversy in order to extort donations from the gullible or else from the uninformed. Stepping down from my soap box. Your little roosters will be fine food, enjoy.
 
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I agree, whop its head off and get it in the crockpot! - you'll have a great stew and stock left over for other things ;)

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GodofPecking

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The only thing that sets medicated chick feed apart from non-medicated chick feed is an artificial form of niacin[...]

AND the obvious mislabeling. Why don't they call it food with niacin ? because that would be too honest / obvious / commonsense / would stop the row / people would add their own / it's not just niacin / we've done it for years / always done it the wrong way.
 

GodofPecking

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I was thinking I would just cull and cook them up.
Have a 'French night' at home and call them " quatre mois des poulets " on your menu / chalkboard. Everything works when you translate it to french and your guests will be most impressed by the petite sized portions and call you a culinary genius. French cooking is the same as USA cooking, but you substitute butter for ketchup.
 

rocketdoctor

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these roosters are bigger than most ducks I shoot and probably will taste better too. they are going in the crock pot this weekend.
 

donrae

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At 4 months they're going to be relatively tender, but they're still not the baby grocery store chickens. I'd advise letting them rest in the refrigerator for 48ish hours, then brine for a few hours, then to the crock pot. I think you'll be a lot happier with the results than if you try to cook them the same day as processing.
 

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