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I feel it is normal to enjoy the food our birds give to us...

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by TheHappyHen21, Sep 29, 2015.

  1. TheHappyHen21

    TheHappyHen21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love my chickens, but I also love not eating meat from the store that is pumped full of everything. I enjoy my eggs from my chickens and there meat. I give them all a good life and enjoy watching them enjoy themselves in the long grass.


    But sometimes you just got to have a nice chicken dinner!


    Show me YOUR pictures of your chicken dinners!
     
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Well, we started with this...

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    then turned him into this...

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    then the pressure cooker helped it become this....

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    and I don't have a picture of a pan of enchiladas, but you all know what those look like [​IMG]. Fresh tomato, sour cream and avocado on top, means full bellies for a bunch of teenage boys!
     
  3. TheHappyHen21

    TheHappyHen21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh nice pictures!
     
  4. Morrigan

    Morrigan Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. Sutremaine

    Sutremaine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, that's some dark meat. Sometimes I find a little bit like that near the thigh bone on a 'regular' chicken, but never very much. I bet it's delicious.
     
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    IDK if it's cause the birds are older, or that we skin them so you can actually see the color of the muscle or what, but everyone comments on how dark the meat is. We don't usually part out our birds but cook them whole and shred, mixing dark and light meat. It is delicious!
     
  7. TheHappyHen21

    TheHappyHen21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OMG! I had Cornish X and my birds didn't look that buff when I processed them... looks amazing!
     
  8. Morrigan

    Morrigan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. This one was processed at 12 weeks old and dressed out at 9 lbs.
     
  9. MysteriaSdrassa

    MysteriaSdrassa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Darker meat comes mainly from exercise and diet and time... in other words,, if the bird is eating a nice healthy diet of bugs and grass and other things (along with it's feed) it can find while roaming about outside of a cage and not forced to grow faster than it should,, you will come out with a meat that is infused with all that natural goodness.

    And just so everybody knows,, I'm not against Cornish Crosses,, in fact that is a gorgeous carcass and birds there Morrigan. [​IMG]
    I raise mine in large pens, 25 by 50 with water and feeder on opposite sides of the pen so they are forced to get some exercise,, i like my meat with a little muscle tone and not mush. This has the added benifit of not growing TOO fast like they can sometimes
     
  10. Sutremaine

    Sutremaine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could be the skinning. I don't see that many skinned carcasses, and when I cook chicken the skin stays on until serving time. There's still a huge difference between the two colour of meat shredded up in the bag.
     

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