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4/5/07 9:38 A

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Thanks, Lori! We have 26 chicks - 13 are Dominique, and 13 are Buckeye. Getting big already!

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4/4/07 12:19 P

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I can attest to eating the boot instead of the chicken! We once had some old chickens and I had also heard if you can them they would be more tender. So I took the meat off the bones and cnned the cooked chicken. Well, it was still tough as all get out and I ended up making chicken spread out of them anyway...live and learn. It does pay to can your chicken broth though.
Good luck with your little chicks. What kind do you have? My daughter has somelittle ones in our basement right now but they are about 4 weeks old.


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4/3/07 11:44 P

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My mother in law has also canned them but I never have tried that. Basically I think it's alot like chicken stock... you cook the heck out of them, but instead of boiling them whole you cut them in pieces and stuff the pieces in jars with the stock. It's supposed to make the meat pretty tender.

I've also heard an old saying that you boil old hens with a boot then throw away the chicken and eat the boot!

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4/3/07 11:36 P

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Great ideas! I've never had chickens before, but I've got 2-week-old chicks in the garage right now so eventually I'll have to deal with this issue. I've always heard old hens called "stewing hens" so I figured I'd just try some old-fashioned chicken stew when the time came....

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4/3/07 7:18 P

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I do what you do and I also blend the meat in my food processor into chicken spread for sandwiches.



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4/3/07 1:12 P

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Hi there, a discussion on the 'Welcome' thread just made me wonder...

What does everyone do with old laying hens and roosters? I'd love to hear ideas from others.

I usually make home-made chicken stock.

Once I tried just stripping the breast meat off and grinding for homemade chicken strips, but there is so little meat on those old bones, it was alot of work for very few chicken strips!

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