Tips for 1 year old hen

KikiDeAnime

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I've decided that since we have 2 Black Australorp chicks being raised for meat, I'm going to let one lay eggs before it's butchered at 1 year. However, I'm not sure how to go about butchering a 1 year old hen.
I understand that letting it live longer than the original butcher date(18 weeks) is risky because the meat might not be as tender. That's why I'm hoping someone might be able to give me tips and advice on how to do this the right way.

I've butchered birds before so I'm not new to this, just the age part.
 

Molpet

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Different cooking methods for different ages
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aart

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Important how you cook a bird, also important is to let the cleaned carcass rest in fridge before freezing or cooking. Anything between 14 weeks and 12 months I'd rest for 3 days.
Older birds get 4-5 days.
 

BrooksHatlen

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Anything between 14 weeks and 12 months I'd rest for 3 days.
Older birds get 4-5 days.
Is that because of a rigor issue or just letting enzymes break down connective tissue on the older ones a little more?
What type of bird have you butchered...Cornish Cross meat birds or Red Ranger type meat birds or layer breeds?
Does the type of bird make much of a difference on harvesting?
 

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