How NOT to produce a meat bird!

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by kstaven, Aug 15, 2008.

  1. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Well folks .... I have done all sorts of crosses as meat birds and never had anything like this happen before. Rather than a Cornish x Dorking I decided to try a Cornish x Rock and then take the progeny from that and cross back to the Dorking. Sounds workable right?


    Well after processing and cooking this cross I can honestly say it fleshes out well enough, but has produced the toughest meat bird I have ever had the displeasure of trying to eat. These where not old birds. They where raised on grower like all our other meat prospects and yet I think we discovered a new way to convince predators to stay away from ones flock. After trying to eat one of these they would have broken teeth and never return. [​IMG]
     
  2. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Sorry it wasn't good...what a waste huh!
     
  3. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    It was a totally unexpected curve and makes for an interesting puzzle to figure out.

    Maybe rent them out to people with predator issues to recoop some feed costs. I am pretty sure they would move on to something that was easier to chew. Either that or there may be a lot of predators gumming their food. [​IMG]
     
  4. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    I don't have predator probs yet but when I do I know who to contact! [​IMG]
     
  5. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    I'm sorry to laugh at your misfortune, but you did make this a pretty funny post! [​IMG]

    If you ever do figure out what it was about the cross that went wrong please let us know.
     
  6. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Its either laugh at it, or cry thinking about how much feed 65 of those birds ate to get to this point. I prefer to laugh.
     
  7. Linda in San Diego

    Linda in San Diego Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, a couple of ideas:
    1) Market the meat as a diet product. Chewing food for longer periods will reduce intake.
    2) Make chicken jerky, jerky is supposed to be hard to chew
     
  8. SandraMort

    SandraMort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When in doubt, make stock?
     
  9. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    You did this with 65 birds and they were all tough? What did they end up weighing?
    Even the breast meat was tough? Did you process them all already?

    This is fascinating stuff K.
     
  10. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    How did you cook them? Did you brine them? Soak in buttermilk?
     

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