Does a cornish game hen have to be a Cornish?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by sydney13, May 9, 2011.

  1. sydney13

    sydney13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was wondering if a Cornish game hen has to be a Cornish breed? What I'm asking is can you butcher a breed other than CornishX, young to have a game hen? Or do other breeds not have enough meat when so little?
     
  2. Ariel301

    Ariel301 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can butcher other breeds, but they technically are not Cornish game hens, as the definition of a Cornish game hen is a Cornish cross pullet butchered at around 2 pounds. I don't find birds of other breeds to be meaty enough until 5-6 months to be worth the processing, and they will never be anything like the Cornish cross birds, they don't have the same flavor, texture, or big white breast.
     
  3. sydney13

    sydney13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So let's say I butcher some rhode island reds once they reach two pounds, would they be similar, taste and appearance wise to a Cornish game hen, or would they be small and mostly boney with no good meat?
     
  4. Ariel301

    Ariel301 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They would not compare really to the Cornish. They would have less meat, especially in the breast, and a bit different flavor.
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    A two pound dual purpose bird is going to be mostly bone. You could give it a try, of course, but I think you'll be sorely disappointed.
     
  6. Bossroo

    Bossroo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It will be a bag of bones. [​IMG] ... best use would be to boil the meat off the bones and make a taco out of the meat. [​IMG] Save the broth for other cooking needs or gravy. [​IMG]
     

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