What exactly is a Cornish Game Hen

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by PurpleChicken, Dec 27, 2007.

  1. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    My wife asked me this the other day and I could not answer it. I suppose
    I could google it but I'm sure I'll get a better answer here. I am talking
    about the ones considered a delicacy.
     
  2. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
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    From what I've read on the hatchery sites, the standard "Rock Cornish Game Hen" is a very young Rock X Cornish pullet, that dressed out at 2-3 lbs. I don't think they even live 6 weeks in most cases.
     
  3. eggcetra_farms

    eggcetra_farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:The only thing I could think of considered a delicacy is a capon which would be a castrated cockerel. I hear they are a delicacy.
     
  4. brooster

    brooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2007
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    Yes it is a young meat bird pullet, about 4 lbs, that is extreamly juicy, tasty, and tender.
     
  5. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
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    Quote:veal of the chicken industry
     
  6. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    Quote:veal of the chicken industry

    I'm not a vegetarian but I draw the line at veal. Won't touch the stuff.
    But,,, that is another topic...


    Is a Rock X Cornish the same as a Cornish Cross?

    Thanks for the quick responses.
     
  7. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

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    Quote:yeppers, standard broiler
     
  8. PurpleChicken

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    Thanks Covenant. Now I can look smart to my wife. Trust me, it's hard.
     
  9. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    [​IMG] Oh we know! [​IMG]
     
  10. adoptedbyachicken

    adoptedbyachicken Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Unlike veal nothing is done to confine them or alter their diet, they are raised just like all broilers, just not as long. Then can be processes as soon as you wish, but the target is for about a 2 lbs bird. The hens are used only since they don't grow as fast or get as big anyway so it seems more thrifty to do this with hens. I have had to process roos at that age/size due to leg deformites and they taste just the same.

    Some folks do Bresse chickens, which are raised a bit like veal, confined and fed lots of milk and corn to keep the meat texture very fine. Generally they are kept to an older age than broilers generally are though.
     

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