What to do with 1 yr old hens?

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by BlackwaterBirds, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. BlackwaterBirds

    BlackwaterBirds Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 21, 2013
    Southwest Va
    Last spring I was talked into buying some red sex-link chicks from Tractor Supply. It actually turns out that out of the 10 I bought 5 were sex link and the other five look like white rocks. I haven't been happy with them since I got them, no particular reason just wasn't what we were really wanting. The problem is my wife purchased 12 Buff orpingtons and 6 sussex. The same day without knowing what she had bought, I also purchased 12 orpingtons. I now have 30 chicks in the brooder. [​IMG] I will start eating my others as the chicks get older. Any suggestions on how to prepare these hens? [​IMG]
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Low and slow for the most part. Crockpot or pressure cooker is the best way to go. Roasting or grilling will just dry them out. Plan on things with chicken meat as opposed to chicken parts........casseroles, enchiladas (yum!), soup, chicken salad, pot pie, things like that.

    Or, if you don't want to process them, I'd think you could sell them for $15-20 each, depending on your area.
  3. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2012
    Los Angeles
    Make sure you rest the meat for three days before cooking it. I made that mistake the first time. Oi. Terrible.
  4. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2010
    Glasgow, KY
    They make the BEST chicken stew!!!!!
    Cook for a long time (the longer, the better).
    I just pulled out my last chicken from the freezer last week and made stew. [​IMG]
  5. BettyR

    BettyR Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 1, 2008
    Texas Gulf Coast
    If you have some place to pen them up for a couple of months and feed them fatty foods like table scraps along with finishing feed it will give them a chance to put on some fat and soften the muscle and they will make much better birds for the pot.

    That's what I do with our excess roosters and they make really nice big yummy birds.

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