What causes this?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by aladatrot, Jun 19, 2008.

  1. aladatrot

    aladatrot Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    My neighbor processed out six chickens a couple of years ago, and his buddy processed out a couple at the same time. These were FFA birds. He said that they scalded them, plucked them, and cooked and ate them and that they were terrible. They were very dark and had a bad smell and flavor to them. Wonder what he did wrong? Would leaving that oil gland in them make them smell and taste bad? His buddy called him that same night to tell him that his chicken was also gross.

  2. Riparian

    Riparian Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    Ontario Canada
    Its too hard to say what went wrong, if anything. It would be based on speculation. It could have been the way he cooked them for all we know.
  3. nmred

    nmred In the Brooder

    Nov 11, 2007
    It sounds like they ate them right away. This makes them tough. You need to let them "age" in the refridgerator for at least 24 hours, then cook or freeze them.

    I'm also wondering if they were meat birds or dual purpose/laying breeds, or if they were older birds. When we have culled from our laying flock, the meat is tougher and darker than the meat breeds. Mostly because the chickens are older. The older the bird the darker and stringier the meat. As for the taste, it could have been the oil gland, or maybe just the difference between storebought and homegrown. They do taste a bit different, but most people prefer the homegrown.

    Another thought...if they did not chill the carcass immediately and completely it could have begun to spoil. It really doesn't take long when the meat is warm to begin with.

    Anyway, don't let their bad experience put you off raising/eating your homegrown chicken. It is the best you'll ever eat, and gives great satisfaction to know that you are providing the best possible food for your own family.

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