Rooster Tastes Different?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Noncentzter, May 17, 2010.

  1. Noncentzter

    Noncentzter Songster

    Nov 17, 2009
    Southern Oregon Coast
    I was chatting with my mil just the other day and talking about butchering the extra roosters. She said that she wouldn't eat a rooster cuz they'd be stringy and not any good. I questioned her about the age of the bird she was eating, but she didn't waiver and said age didn't matter.

    So my questions are: Does a rooster taste different from a hen? At what age do I butcher them? They are currently about 10 weeks old.

  2. briana1975

    briana1975 Songster

    Feb 23, 2009
    Carleton Mi.
    I was told to butcher them by 16 weeks no later. Our were good. The overly aggrisive roosters were older about 26 weeks. Flavor was fine but really needed to be in a crock pot to cook.
  3. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

    Jul 17, 2009
    Well, I have only been eating my roos. None of the hens have needed to be shuffled off yet. The meat has a better texture than the store-bought meat---which I find grainy and weird.

    I think the meat is different from the store-bought, but most of those are meat-bird roos anyway, right? When chicken goes on super-sale, those are laying hens that are past their prime. The super-sale chicken is tougher, and hard to cook.

    I bet if you cook it right, no one wil know the difference.
  4. Ibicella

    Ibicella Songster

    Nov 13, 2009
    Everett, WA
    They still taste like chicken, but they do tend to be stringier. Butchering at 16 weeks or so, then letting the meat rest a few days in the fridge or a brine, and then slow cooking on low heat (like a crock pot) makes them tender and fine eatin'! [​IMG]

    They are also awesome for making broth with.
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Flavor is fine, butcher young according to recommendations for that breed. Older roosters though flavorful are tough and should be crockpotted or made into soup.

  6. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    I don't honestly taste any difference between pullets vs cockerels at 14-18 weeks. They're all very tasty [​IMG] And assuming you cook them appropriately, i.e. a little slower and moister than you would with storebought chicken, not tough at all.

    I too was skeptical about eating grown, sexually-active roos (having heard they taste very gamy), but the other week I finally "dealt with" a very aggressive roo who had turned 1 yr old the day before I processed him. I let the meat rest in the fridge for 4 days, then pressure-cookered him for an hour, and OH MY GOSH that was the BEST chicken I've ever had. The dark meat was incredibly dark, almost turkey-tasting but not gamy at all; the white meat was similarly flavorful. The stock from cooking him, and then from boiling the carcass afterwards, was SUPERB.

    And no, the meat was not tough at all (mind you I rested it and then pressure-cooked it). I'd say it was "dense" -- benefitted from being cut or diced into small pieces -- but not at all stringy or chewy. Just WONDERFUL.

    Highly recommend [​IMG] But you do need to remember what you're cooking, and not treat it the same as a mushy soft saline-injected CornishX boneless breast from Krogers [​IMG]

    Good luck, have fun,


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