Quality of meat at 1 1/2 years and 3 years in layers?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by ethingtonart, Sep 17, 2009.

  1. ethingtonart

    ethingtonart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We are planning to use our "spent" layers as meat birds, but are unsure how long to keep them laying. I am currently planning to replace them with younger pullets at around 72 weeks. I was wondering though, is there an advantage in the quality of the meat to butcher laying hens when they are 1 1/2 as opposed to butchering them at around 3 years old?

    I hope if their meat is, in fact, better at a younger age I would have a greater chance of being able to sell some of them as layers and still be able to let my husband have some for meat birds. (My excuse to sell some would be to off-set the cost of replacement pullets [​IMG])

    Thanks!
    (I'm a vegetarian BTW:))
     
  2. wombat

    wombat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 23, 2009
    By that point, I think it's crock pot cookery in either case.
     
  3. pringle

    pringle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep crock-pot or soup.You cant bake it or anything else becouse the meat will be extremly tough and it will taste pretty gamey.
     
  4. animal_lover03

    animal_lover03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The meat will probably be to tough to eat, one way it would taste good is if you used a crock pot as wombat said.
     
  5. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, it's to the soup pot with them
    Soak them at least 24 hours in very cold brine water, 48 hours is better but 24 works.
     
  6. wombat

    wombat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 23, 2009
    Crock pot - slow cooking, with lots of veggies.

    The only down side is having to smell it for HOURS before you can eat it!

    Like Scooter said, brine them first!
     
  7. 3KillerBs

    3KillerBs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've yet to own any of my own chickens, but I love it when the stew hens -- retired layers and broiler breeders -- in the grocery store go on sale.

    Simmer gently on low heat for a long time and you get heaven in a soup bowl.
     
  8. Winsor Woods

    Winsor Woods Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I agree. I like this way the best. Chicken Fricassee would be a close second. Either way you're eating better than anyone else on your block.

    Dan
     
  9. comp6512

    comp6512 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:What store/section? I would love to do a test trial... [​IMG]
     
  10. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:What store/section? I would love to do a test trial... [​IMG]

    There with the whole fryers generally or next to whole turkeys in my store. Don't be shocked when you see the price. In my area they generally run around $9. But if you make a big pot of soup or dumplings you can easily get 3 meals out of it. Obviously depends on how big your family is but when there was three of us we had more than three meals.
     

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