Will the meat of a 26 week old Buff Orpington rooster be too tough for a roast?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by AVICULARIUS, Dec 18, 2013.

  1. AVICULARIUS

    AVICULARIUS New Egg

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    I was planning on slaughtering my Buff Orpington roo for Xmas eve next week, but after reading posts that the meat might be too tough after 20 weeks I am reconsidering. He has been free ranged his whole (albeit short) life. I know that a stew is always an option (I've done that with my Ameraucanas) but I really wanted to have a roasted chicken for the table. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. BGMatt

    BGMatt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Shouldn't be. Look up some old time recipes and go nuts. Treat it like a turkey. People have just gotten too used to cooking those flavorless hybrid broilers. Most heritage breeds slaughter window was 20-28 weeks.
     
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