first blood part duh!

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by quadcam79, Jun 8, 2008.

  1. quadcam79

    quadcam79 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 28, 2007
    Fernandina Beach Fl.
    So I have about 7 RIR roos that needed to be butchered before they start crowing and getting mean, they're already starting to pick on the girls and fight with each other,they're about 16 weeks old now.

    this was my first time butchering a chicken that I can actually remember, I grew up on a small farm and I do remember butchering cows and pigs.

    so anyway, gathered up my hatchet, rope, knife, cooler full of water. wasnt too bad, I just picked one and took it to where I had everything setup, didnt have a stump but the concrete block worked just as well. one good whack, let em flop around the grass for a minute or two and that was that. I elected to skin mine instead of dealing with the plucking smell and mess (according to my mom when my dad used to butchered chickens when I was just a little kid, he wouldnt even eat them , apparently the smell of wet feathers ruined his chicken appetite)

    the first skinning took me maybe 15 mins, the next about 5.
    by the way a 16 week old RIR looks anorexic with all the feathers gone, not much meat on these birds at that age.

    So I decide to have BBQ chicken for dinner, I was actually pretty disappointed, I heard that roosters are pretty gamey and the meat gets tough. it was pretty stringy and not all that great even with my beer can chicken BBQ.

    what do others usually do with roos, chicken soup?
  2. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 25, 2008
    Chicken soup or stew sounds the way to go with those guys. Maybe fryers? I know they use purebred cockerels for fryers.

    I'm sure someone will have better advice than I.

  3. Chickafoog

    Chickafoog Out Of The Brooder

    May 21, 2008
    if you are going to kill them alot, Get use to it!
    We have killed about ten
  4. Shaun Hagan

    Shaun Hagan Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 16, 2008
    Northern NH
    Chicken and Dumplings seems to be a popular one. I am looking forward to Chicken Vindaloo when the roo is ready!
  5. chcknrs

    chcknrs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 7, 2008
    Kelso, WA
    Quote:Well, now you MUST give up your recipe! [​IMG] [​IMG]
  6. nmred

    nmred Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 11, 2007
    I have read on this forum and in books that you should let your processed chicken rest in the fridge for at least 24 hours. This relaxes all the muscles and helps to make the meat more tender. It sounds as if you cooked it the same day. Aging it may help. You could even try soaking it in a brine/marinade for that 24 hours. That might help, too. However, it's true that non-meat birds are going to be tougher than what you're used to. As Chickafoog said, you might just have to get used to it.

    I just thought, using the crock pot might help as well.
  7. GopherBoyFarms

    GopherBoyFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2008
    Vancouver WA
    how about rehoming them?
  8. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 22, 2007
    Morganton, NC
    Just about any bird will be tough unless you let it age. 2-3 days in the fridge should do the job. Even then, an aggressive or ticked off bird is going to be alot tougher. That is when stewing the bird for soup, dumplings, or pot pie comes into play.

  9. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 22, 2007
    Morganton, NC
    Quote:There are only so many homes for extra Roosters. Eventually everyone has to face that fact and either process your extras or sell them to someone else that will.

  10. GopherBoyFarms

    GopherBoyFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2008
    Vancouver WA
    I shudder at the thought of killing a pet...even if for food. I am glad I was able to find a home for our unwanted roo. And that the great people that took him will take any we dont want...and they take them as pets.
    I'm a whimp.


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