Eating Roosters?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Devvy, May 29, 2012.

  1. Devvy

    Devvy In the Brooder

    May 25, 2012
    Does anyone eat roosters 18 weeks or older?
  2. I have eaten one that was about a year and a half... But he didn't taste so good.
  3. mnferalkitty

    mnferalkitty Songster

    May 17, 2012
    Yep I skin them and throw them in the crock pot with chicken stock and make ala king or some other shredded meat dishes
  4. chickenfl

    chickenfl Hatching

    Oct 24, 2012
    i ate my rooster he was 6 months old or so. i grilled him and he was pretty good.a little greasy and gamey tastin. i was suprised at how hard his bones were compared to a processed chicken.
  5. kizanne

    kizanne Songster

    Mar 28, 2011
    Tallahassee, FL
    Yes at 18 weeks they are still pretty tender. I crockpot or cook on the stove top with moisture for almost all my chicken so I don't know how they would grill up at 18 weeks.
  6. wsmith

    wsmith Songster


    If they are Heritage chickens, there are some considerations that should be observed during the processing and cooking though. Before WWII, and the proliferation of Factory chickens that were/are slaughtered before 10 weeks of age, there were basically four classifications of poultry meat 1: Broilers, 2: Fryers, 3: Roasters, and 4: Fowl. Broilers were typically up to 12 weeks old and weighed up to about 2.5 lbs, fryers up to 14-20 weeks and up to 4 lbs. Roasters were 21-52 (1 year) and weighed up to about 8 lbs, and Fowl were any chicken harvested older than 12 months. Many chickens will benefit from "resting" in the refrigerator up to 2 days before cooking or freezing. Also, the older the bird, the lower the temperature it should be cooked at, and for a longer time. In chickens, age = flavor. Not like the flavorless factory birds that are in the grocery store.

    I think most people are so used to store bought chickens, that they don't know what chicken really tastes like.
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  7. oldrooster

    oldrooster One Crazy Nut

    Feb 19, 2012
    monroe county indiana
    My Coop
    Just to throw it out there if you raise a cow for beef and send it to a processor they will age the meat hanging in a cooler and it does wonders for flavor and tenderizing compared to store bought beef it looks like beef you'd toss out if you got it from the store but the ageing time is well worth it.
  8. sagecock

    sagecock In the Brooder

    Oct 17, 2012
    Harney county, Or
    I let them age a while to let the rigor mortise work out a bit so the they tenderize a bit.
  9. v.cyr

    v.cyr Songster

    May 4, 2010
    Greene, NY
    we are butchering a few older hens, and an older rooster this year(3 years old)... they need long, slow, low temp, moist cooking, so crock-pot is the best way to go... a lot of gelatin in older birds too, so the stock you get will be much better... I am actually thinking about trying a chicken version of brawn(aka, head cheese) with one of them...
  10. Wax Myrtle

    Wax Myrtle Chirping

    Sep 17, 2012
    Galivants Ferry, SC
    Try googling chicken loaf or pressed chicken. You can obviously omit the Knox. ;)

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