The Peanuts Don't Measure Up
By Anne Kimball on December 21, 2012
They were around 11 weeks old, which is four weeks older than their meat bird brethren.
I probably could have waited a few more weeks to let them get to 100% of their mature weight, but they were going through the feed like gangbusters, so I got tired of waiting for them to "flesh out" a little more and just took them in.
And like I said, wow.
What an extreme difference between the meat birds and these layer-breed cockarels.
Have a look.....
The layer-breed cockarel is the skinny one on the right, and again, he was about a month older than the meatie on the left. The meat birds have been bred to reach mature weight very rapidly, and that mature weight is almost all breast meat and meaty legs. Though the peanuts looked fairly close in size to the meaties when I took them in, they looked NOTHING alike once they were dressed.
Or should I say undressed.
I haven't tried cooking them yet, but my plan is to throw one or two in a soup pot. If the meat cooks tender enough to eat in the soup, then great. If not, I'll just use the meat for dog food, and keep the broth for future cookin'.
No harm, no fowl.
Gotta love that chicken humor.....