I scored a batch of 17 week old Cornish Rock x's this weekend.

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by carolinagirl58, Mar 10, 2014.

  1. carolinagirl58

    carolinagirl58 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2011
    Lugoff, SC
    I am a very happy camper. I scored 18 Cornish Rock crosses this weekend for $3 each. They were leftovers after the commercial truck came to clean out the broiler houses. They were moved to the broiler house's owners yard where his wife has fed them chicken scratch and cracked corn ever since. The houses are almost ready to clean out again, so these chickens had to go. they range in size from 10 pounds to at least 17 pounds. the two largest ones are from the previous batch, so they are closer to 28 weeks. I'll weight them on Friday when we process them. I am shocked at how healthy and fit they are. They are free ranging, chasing bugs, and do not hover around the feeder. I raised a batch of cornish rock crosses last year and at 8 weeks they could hardly walk and some could not walk at all. I am curious how these birds were raised so that they could be so healthy at this age! Hopefully they will still be tender. I'll post some photos and weights when we process them. They might be too big for my scalding pot. I am sure we will have to modify the killing cones.
     
  2. Coralietg

    Coralietg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Definitely interested to see how these will turn out! Some of them sound the size of turkeys.

    Keep us updated!
     
  3. carolinagirl58

    carolinagirl58 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2011
    Lugoff, SC
    some of them look like small turkeys. I am really amazed at how large they are. I figure even if the legs and thighs are too tough, I can't even buy dog food that cheap. And I am sure they will be fine if they are roasted or baked....maybe just not grilled. That's fine with me.
     
  4. LindaB220

    LindaB220 Overrun With Chickens

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    Oven 300 degrees for about 3 or so hours. Like a turkey. It'll be divine. Or part them out and boil the legs and thighs and use for pot pies or casseroles. Use the backs and necks (and feet if you wish) for your broth. The breasts should be able to be fried. What a find!!! Congrats. [​IMG]
     
  5. carolinagirl58

    carolinagirl58 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2011
    Lugoff, SC
    well, the chickens are in the freezer. Butchering was kind of different. Several of these birds had huge amounts of thick yellow fat in their abdominal cavities. so much fat it was difficult to cut them because I could not see what I was cutting. It was kind of disgusting. And then when I deboned them yesterday, I found one was affected with Deep Pectoral Muscle disease. The tenderloins were green. That was REALLY disgusting. But it's all done now, 73 packs of vacuum packed chicken. I had to remove tenderloins and cut 1/3 off each breast (packaged separatly ) because a single breast was just WAY too big for a meal for two. Glad that's over!!
     
  6. LindaB220

    LindaB220 Overrun With Chickens

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    Wow, way worth the effort for $3 a bird. Months and months of eating. Good find!!!! [​IMG]
     
  7. carolinagirl58

    carolinagirl58 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2011
    Lugoff, SC
    yes, WELL worth the effort. Between that and the venison I already have in the freezer, I won't need to buy meat for a long time
     

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