Tips for 1 year old hen

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What type of bird have you butchered...Cornish Cross meat birds or Red Ranger type meat birds or layer breeds?
We did CX the first year we decided on meat birds but I hate them so the next 2 years that we did meat birds we got what our feed store calls "Slow white broilers". They looked like the CX except that they were better and grew slowly like I like in meat birds.
 

aart

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Is that because of a rigor issue or just letting enzymes break down connective tissue on the older ones a little more?
Both.

Does the type of bird make much of a difference on harvesting?
Only because the typical 'meat' birds are slaughtered at a younger age, thus are more tender.
I slaughter cockerels (from hatching layer replacements) at about 14 weeks, still rest them for a few days, but can put them on the grill instead of slower cooking techniques.
 

CNJ

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I keep a case of coconut milk for spicy Thai Tom Som Gai. In addition, I keep a gallon of red wine on hand for stewing. Sometimes I cook equal parts of butter and flour until its a little brown and use it to thicken clear broth for my stews.
 
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