Want a fattier bird

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by erinchelsea, Sep 7, 2011.

  1. erinchelsea

    erinchelsea Songster

    May 23, 2010
    Webster City, IA
    We processed Cornish Rock X this year for the first time. We had great luck with them, they were healthy, most dressed out around 6 lbs with tons of white meat. i would definitely do it again. However, I notice when cooking them they still are so lean they rather remind me of grocery store meat (although much fresher tasting and smelling!). I was hoping for something more fatty and tender. Melt-in-your mouth, YKWIM? Thought maybe next year we would get a straight run of Australorps and Delawares (since I'd like to try the girls for layers) and process the roos. Will their meat be more fatty and tender? Any other suggestions?
  2. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

    Jul 18, 2010
    Central Florida
    I can't answer, but I'll be watching for the answer. I want to get into meat birds at some point.
  3. stoneunhenged

    stoneunhenged Songster

    Aug 21, 2008
    My suggestion: Put them in quiet, smaller, shaded quarters the last two weeks of their lives and feed them grains and dairy products. Lots of food, relaxation and no exercise will give you the fat you're looking for.
  4. DenverBird

    DenverBird Songster

    Dec 8, 2010
    West Denver Burbs
    You could put a little TV in there and give them a remote and a few beers. That works to fatten lots of folks up....
  5. 10 point

    10 point country boy

    Feb 19, 2011
    LaFayette, NY
    Quote:If you do the laying breeds for meat they will be less tender less fat and less meat than your cornish rock X
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    More corn will probably make them fatter, but they will slow down on meat production.

    As for more "tender"... you'll probably have to age longer. The more exercise they get and the older they get, the tougher they will be. Dual purpose birds take about 2x as long to fill out, and if you like breast meat, do not have as much of it. Since they are usually 4+ months old to eat dual types, they will often have more texture to them... but also more flavor.
  7. erinchelsea

    erinchelsea Songster

    May 23, 2010
    Webster City, IA
    Ok, interesting. Hmmm...got some thinking to do.
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    That had crossed my mind!
  9. SteveH

    SteveH Songster

    Nov 10, 2009
    West/Central IL
    That had crossed my mind!

    Actually, letting a couple of cans of beer go flat and pouring it over their feed in the last weeks should actually make them fatter and probably add to their flavor. Not sure what it would cost compared to feeding dry crumbles, because I haven't bought any for many years [did notice its cheaper than bottled water in the grocery isle [​IMG]], but on a small batch of meaties the added cost should not be significent. Of course milk or buttermilk would have basicly the same affect; but I would think the flavor of the meat would be different according to what you use.
  10. Saltysteele

    Saltysteele Songster

    Apr 10, 2011
    feed corn that last bit of finishing.

    also, as far as tender, the chickens at the store that you are thinking of that are so tender are also loaded with lots of tenderizers and junk.

    try cooking slower, and you'll get more tender meat, also.

    some birds are naturally more tender, as well. capo'd birds are supposed to be more tender and flavorful, as well.

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