“Cluck you”

Well, at least I think that’s what I heard the girls say when they heard what was on the menu last night. Bernadette was joining us for dinner, so Victoria made something special: roast chicken. When I texted Bernadette to tell her not to spread the info around the chicken yard when she arrived, she texted back: “Was it a close relative?”

Bernadette and Soho

Bernadette and Soho

Probably not, since the chickens we buy in the supermarket are generally Cornish X’s (Cornish Cross), a bird that was developed specifically to fit the needs commercial factory-raised poultry operations. This is the chicken that nearly led to the extinction of Lily’s breed, the Delaware chicken.

Lily at 17 weeks

Lily at 17 weeks

A Cornish X is less a chicken than an eating machine and a freak of fast-forward photography: Due to their rapid growth, they reach a market weight of five pounds (live weight) in six to seven weeks, which makes them the most efficient and economical meat chicken on the market.

Lily at 8 weeks, which is about the age of most chicken you buy in the grocery

Lily at 8 weeks, which is about the age of most chicken you buy in the grocery

Of course it makess more sense from a business model to process the birds at a younger age for a myriad of reasons, but I know I’ve read someplace that an older chickens taste better than younger ones. A poster on www.backyardchickens.com explains that “older birds have higher amino acid counts wich makes the meat more complex…. more nutrient dense… and because of this you get a higher quality of flavor.” The jury will have to remain out on that one, because no matter how much my girls swear at me, I have promised not to eat them.

About polloplayer

Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.
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3 Responses to “Cluck you”

  1. Katherine Gunther says:

    It’s just getting harder and harder to eat chicken ever since you started this blog and I feel as though I know and love your chicks.

  2. pollo amiga says:

    After reading the latest issue of The New Yorker, I’d say you definitely have a soul mate in Susan Orlean. Have you lined up a hen vet yet?

  3. CE says:

    Lots of good new material on the site, but I particularly enjoyed the Taxman chicken angle and the coop clean out adventure. On the other hand, since I actually did that, I am not sure I learned anything new about what I did, since I actually did that and………It is very confusing and time to go to bed.

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