How long is fresh chicken good in the fridge?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by tinybarnfarm, Sep 30, 2011.

  1. tinybarnfarm

    tinybarnfarm Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 14, 2011
    How long is a fresh butchered chicken good for in the fridge? I will have my first batch of 26 here soon and just trying to figure out how many to freeze. Thanks
  2. quesodano

    quesodano Out Of The Brooder

    i have an addendum to this question....any one know the proper temp and time in fridge, before freezing.... to prevent cold shortening
  3. pinkwindsong

    pinkwindsong Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2011
    Laurens SC
    going to subscribe to this topic I need to know too.. great questions.
  4. DaughterOfEve

    DaughterOfEve Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 3, 2009
    Montague, MI
    I am sure there are several opinions on this but heres mine. My Amish butcher says to age fresh birds 5 days before eating or freezing.
    I would imagine they are still okay a day or two after that because after freezing you have to thaw them back out. Now I know friends that like to brine their birds before freezing while others do it after. There are many brine recipes on line. Hope this helps get you some more hits.
  5. quesodano

    quesodano Out Of The Brooder

    in case others are unfamiliar...and im just learning myself.

    Rigor mortis and the process of turning muscle into meat is something of a science

    the way a carcass is handled has a great effect on tenderness and juicyness
  6. happydog

    happydog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 22, 2009
    Western NC
    Mine got left in the fridge for 3 weeks and they were still perfectly good when I finally got a free day to get them packaged up for freezing. I didn't mean to leave them that long. I just had a lot of stuff happen and couldn't get to them. I thought for sure they'd be goners and I'd have to feed them to the pigs. But they were fine.

    The funny thing was, when I finally got to work on them, I was really surprised how fresh and clean they still were. Not one bit of slimey feel, no off odor. They were fresh and clean and pleasant to work with. They actually seemed fresher than supermarket chicken. Which makes me wonder - how fresh is supermarket chicken? Is it like eggs, where they're a whole lot older than consumers suspect?
  7. quesodano

    quesodano Out Of The Brooder

    Quote:Your are reinforcing my thoughts that I'm going to need a dedicated butcher fridge....for holding things before they go to the kitchen fridge.
  8. DenverBird

    DenverBird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 8, 2010
    West Denver Burbs

    How did you process your birds? Cone, hatchet or specially forumulated CO2 mixture? [​IMG]


  9. quesodano

    quesodano Out Of The Brooder

  10. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2008
    Yorkshire, Ohio
    I am going to say it depends. IMHO is depends on the how they where processed. If while butchering you are puncturing or rupturing the intestines getting feces all over, I'd say a few days to be safe. If you are careful not to do this and have healthy birds, they should keep up to 10-14 days. Know I know the chicken police siren is probably going off right now due to this statement, but one must realize the "rules" for self raised/self processed birds shouldn't apply to our birds as they are not raised and processsed in the same manner as factory chickens. I read on another thread from someone that worked at a processing plant said that some birds may not even get distrubuted for 2 weeks after slaughter. Add another week or more for the "sell by" date, and you're looking at minimum 3 weeks. So going by that, 10-14 days seems okay.

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