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Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Natitude99, Nov 22, 2014.

  1. Natitude99

    Natitude99 In the Brooder

    Nov 22, 2014
    I have a question? My husband and I have eight ladies in our flock, there all about three years old. Next spring we plan to refresh our flock. My husband says we should be able to butcher and eat the original ladies. I say they are past their prime, he says they are fine. Whose right?
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon

    Laying hens never really have a "prime" for butchering, so that's kind of a moot point. Yes, they're older birds and wont' be anything like a grocery store chicken. You won't want to dry roast or grill them, but they make great stewing birds. Simmer in water with veggies and seasonings, pick the meat for soup/casseroles/dumplings/enchiladas. It will be flavorful, a little more tooth than a store bought bird but well worth it.
  3. boskelli1571

    boskelli1571 Crowing 7 Years

    Mar 7, 2011
    Finger Lakes, NY
    Sorry! The husband is right - although they would be 'chewy' if roasted, they will make fine stewing hens.
  4. mtngirl35

    mtngirl35 Songster

    Dec 10, 2013
    I butchered an older rooster and then I brined, injected him with marinade and smoked him. The meat had a really good flavor but he was a bit chewy. He would have made an awesome pot of chicken and dumplins.

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