How old is too old to slaughter?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by goatropper, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. goatropper

    goatropper Out Of The Brooder

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    I slaughtered my first birds last summer...have a few roos too many, can they be eaten? or is it too late? Thanks:/
     
  2. daisychick

    daisychick Incubator Tetris Master Consultant

    Feb 8, 2009
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    I think an older roo would be fine if you stewed it or stuck it in the crock pot.
     
  3. goatropper

    goatropper Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] Thanks, they are starting to fight and too much for the girls.
     
  4. 4boysmom

    4boysmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In the past month, we've enjoyed a 20 mo old roo and 3 9mo old roos..... just slow cooked them in the crock pot & then put them in a chicken pie...... the oldest one was just as good as the younger ones by doing it so slowly....10-12 hours....
     
  5. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They will also make great chicken-n-dumlings or chicken noodle soup.

    My chicken noodle soup is more of a chicken vegetable.

    I cook two roosters until the meat is falling off the bone.

    Remove roosters from pot and remove the meat once cooled.

    I then cook my noodles until almost done.

    I then add

    carrots
    celery
    onion to your taste
    a little cabbage
    and I have been known to add corn, peas and green beans.
    salt and pepper to taste
    You can always add a little chicken base (can be bought in the soup aisle at the store) if you do not get the chicken flavor you want. Generally my extra rooster are fat enough I don't need to.

    Serve with cornbread or rolls with real butter.

    Then for dessert how about apple pie with a little Bryers Natural vanilla ice cream on the side?

    ENJOY, good eating.
     
  6. katrinag

    katrinag Chillin' With My Peeps

    You are making me hungry. That sounds soooo good.
     
  7. Kim_NC

    Kim_NC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2009
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    They also can well. I prefer to cut the meat from the bones - but some people can chicken on the bone. No worries with tough meat from the pressure canner.

    The chicken makes a great broth in the jars. Very convenient to pop open for casseroles, chicken & dumplins, soup or stew, chicken & rice, chicken & gravy, etc.
     
  8. Linda B central Ar

    Linda B central Ar Out Of The Brooder

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    My mother always said older chickens had the most flavor, sometimes they are tough so cook a long time.
     
  9. ShadyGlade

    ShadyGlade Chillin' With My Peeps

    The French dish Coq Au Vin is only made from older chickens
     
  10. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    You can always eat them, it just depends on how you want to prepare them. I carefully mark older hens/roos when I put them in the freezer so I know to let them slow cook. Crock pots are great for that. [​IMG]
     

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