Our chicken tasted 'odd'...is this normal?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Southwellski, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. Southwellski

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    We have just cooked and eaten our first cockerel. This may sound like a REALLY stupid question but whilst the breast tasted liek chicken as I know it, the brown meat smelt and tasted "strange" - maybe gamey, but then I eat game and generally like it. I am not sure if I am over thinking eating our first chick (as he was last August) or whether we did something wrong in the despatching/storing process. [​IMG] My husband said it smelt and tasted great...

    A friend killed our birds for us (there were 3), my husband said it was very quick (break the neck) then we hung them for a few days before dressing them (as advised by UK Poultry Club). I haven't just poisoned my family have I??!?
     
  2. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So did you remove the guts/feathers before hanging it for a few days?
     
  3. Southwellski

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    Feathers yes, guts no.
     
  4. HandLoad

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    That'll Do it! Next time, Take out the guts!
     
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    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe that's a UK thang, but I couldn't imagine not gutting any animal promptly after killing it. I'd say that could cause it to have an "off" taste.
     
  7. Southwellski

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    It wasn't "off" just...strong and "different"...and just the brown meat!
     
  8. Darin115

    Darin115 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We always kill, pluck and gut before we put it in the fridge to chill for a few days. I think it is a UK thing to hang with the guts intact. I don't think it is a common practice in the US to hang any animal with the guts stil in it. The guts hold heat and does not let the carcas cool off as quick.

    I am sure it won't kill you but I prefer to take them out right after slaughter.


    Darin
     
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  9. wyoDreamer

    wyoDreamer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your chickens used their legs - those muscles were worked.
    It will taste different than a bird that sits at the feeder eating all day.

    I bet the color was a little darker than you were used to also.
     
  10. Southwellski

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    Do home reared birds always have "gamier" tasting legs?
     

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