Questions about butchering a RIR. HELP PLEASE...

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by nursesammy, Sep 18, 2010.

  1. nursesammy

    nursesammy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    our 1yr old RIR roo is so very rough with our hens. He has no clue what hes doing. Lol anyway ive tried giving him away and no one will take him. Of course. My husband suggested butchering but is he going to be any good? Texture, taste? Any suggestions?
     
  2. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2009
    College Station, Tx
    Just cook him for a long time - he'll be fine! I'd recommend chicken soup or something along those lines.
     
  3. dichotomymom

    dichotomymom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd definitely, slow cook, brine or tenderize the heck out of him first.
     
  4. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

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    After he is processed and all organs removed let him "cure" in the fridge for 4-5 days. This will let some of the proteins break down. I use a little lemon juice the last day or curing to help tenderize and add a little extra flavor.

    Matt
     
  5. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

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    be sure to get him as calm as possible before doing the deed. A ticked off bird will be a much tougher bird.
     
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  6. nursesammy

    nursesammy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok so how do you "cure" ? I dont typically butcher my chickens so i have no clue what im doing here. What about a rotissore would that do any good?
     
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  7. bburn

    bburn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2010
    Delaware, Arkansas
    Mine were mostly RIR roo's so I am watching this thread.

    We soaked them in salt water after they were cleaned up and before we brought them in the house. They have been in the fridge 24 hrs now and I plan on putting them in the freezer tomorrow. Is that enough time to leave them in the fridge before freezing??

    I plan on soups and casseroles with these chickens.
     
  8. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'd say no- butchering older birds is kind of gross, and the meat isn't great. However, that's my own opinion only, and most people probably disagree with me.
     
  9. PatS

    PatS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We had to butcher our almost one-year old BO rooster for the same sort of reason. I noticed he had MUCH more fat than a younger bird, but we roasted him (turkey style) and he tasted fine.

    ( It was very strange, I couldn't find a bile duct anywhere, but that liver was the yummiest. The young roo's I have butchered this season (only two) have had very large bile ducts.)
     
  10. Ibicella

    Ibicella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Definitely let the meat rest for 4-5 days, then make a favorite marinade and slow cook at low heat allllll day.

    Tough old roosters are good for shredded chicken meat like pot pies, soups, and chicken salad, pulled chicken, and things.

    Or they make excellent stock and dog food if nothing else.
     

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