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Is my rooster good to eat?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by jubylives, Oct 28, 2007.

  1. jubylives

    jubylives Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a RI roo and he needs to go. So I decided I will grill him. Is he gonna be a good meat bird or at least decent? I helped butcher chickens when I was younger but never was involved in the gutting. Any resource or guidance in this part? I've was a meat cutter for years so I have an idea but I'd rather have better then an idea.

    Thanks Jeremy
     
  2. picklespickles

    picklespickles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 27, 2007
    well, if you've been a meat cutter then you will know better than i did the first time i did it. i just cut off his head, let him bleed a few minutes hanging upside down from a tree, then cut off the rest of the pertinent parts, skinned (some people pluck), removed his innards, cleaned him up a bit and there you are.

    it might be a little tougher than what you are used to at the store, as he will probably be a little older and may have had more excercise. the flavor will probably be great, though. i cook slower and on less high temp than from the store, personally.
     
  3. jubylives

    jubylives Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So the goods on the inside are easy to get out? I've cleaned out cattle, pigs and fish. Maybe it's that fact it's a bird that has me nervous plus I like the roo but he does need to go.
     
  4. TxChiknRanchers

    TxChiknRanchers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Like any other animal try and not burst the intestines or cut them. it will be tough if you do.
    other than that its no biggee. Even if you do cut the intestines it will only be hard on you the meat will be fine because i'm sure you will clean it anyway. good eating!
     
  5. picklespickles

    picklespickles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 27, 2007
    i really don't think you'll have any problem. really, i did it the first time just from figuring it out. not joking when i say you'll be ten times better at it than me. [​IMG]
     
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Don't forget to age him if you ever plan to get your teeth into it! Over night in the fridge should be fine.
     
  7. jubylives

    jubylives Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks. I was wondering about that as we always let our cattle age for a week or two when I was meat cutting. I'm trying to give him away first so hopefully someone will take him. He is quite the character and is good to the hens.

    Jeremy
     
  8. BirdBrain

    BirdBrain Prefers Frozen Tail Feathers

    May 7, 2007
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  9. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We will wash the intestines with a salt and olive oil solution to clean them. We like our roosters when they are around 6 months old.
     

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