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Dual purpose Breeds

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by roweyurboat, Sep 6, 2016.

  1. roweyurboat

    roweyurboat In the Brooder

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    I understand that after a year of laying that dual purpose breeds can be tough to eat. Our farm is looking to start growing dual purpose breeds, using them as egg producers for there first year and then selling them as ground chicken the next year. Thoughts?
     

  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

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    Seems logical. I usually butcher my dual purpose birds after 18 months or so, and their meat is very tender (even though the free range) - but thats a commercial breed.
     
  3. tmarsh83

    tmarsh83 Songster

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    Grinding it is going to hide a lot of the issues people seem to have with older laying birds. That's true with any meat.

    If you're only planning on selling it ground I don't think anyone would be the wiser.
     
  4. roweyurboat

    roweyurboat In the Brooder

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    Thanks guys, I'm excited to try this out.
     
  5. Turk Raphael

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    That's a lot of work. It seems you might have to charge a pretty penny to make any profit worth the mention.
     
  6. vonrow

    vonrow In the Brooder

    Our trick to making dinner out of older birds is low heat, and slow cooking times. Usually 280-320 degrees F. for about 3 hours. Lay a few strips of bacon and a couple slices of raw onion, carrots, and celery over the bird and cover while cooking. We use a roaster pan with a lid, or a dutch oven with a lid.

    A crockpot makes great stew or soup out of an older bird too.
     
  7. Turk Raphael

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    [​IMG] I wonder, could there be such a thing as a nuclear powered flame thrower? Surely not. [​IMG]
     

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