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

    Oct 6, 2008
    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
    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

    Oct 6, 2008
    [​IMG] Thanks, they are starting to fight and too much for the girls.
  4. 4boysmom

    4boysmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 12, 2007
    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

    Jul 30, 2008
    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

    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
    Mt Airy, NC
    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

    Jan 4, 2009
    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

    Mar 3, 2008
    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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