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Where can I buy a rooster?

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I need to buy a rooster for a special dinner I am cooking for my brother in law. We are making coq a vin and he really wants to make it with a rooster. I have done some research and I can not figure out where to buy one. Any suggestions? Looking in NYC area but will order one online if need be. Thanks! P.S we make it all the time with chicken, we just really want to try it with rooster.

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  1. If you use a rooster, I recommend marinating it overnight in red wine - not to mask the flavor, but to tenderize it. They can be tough. You can find frozen capons (castrated birds) in some grocery stores but nothing beats fresh. Because of its lack of popularity, the best place to find a fresh rooster is to find a house with yardbirds - the outskirts. I'm not sure how far you'd have to drive in NYC, but it's pretty easy in Louisiana. The last time I bought one, it only cost me $5 (and he ringed its neck for me). Good luck!

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      1. re: shatoblanc

        So is a capon and a rooster the same thing?

        1. re: edbk

          iirc, a capon is to a rooster what a gelding is to a horse. meaning there's one (or technically two) thing(s) missing. don't know what that means in terms of taste or tenderness....

          1. re: david sprague

            "I have done some research and I can not figure out where to buy one. "
            Have you tried the Chinese, Halal, and Hispanic live poultry houses? In Queens one at Avery Ave. and College Blvd., another on 47 Ave near 111 st. Lots more.

            1. re: david sprague

              Check out the live poultry places...there's one in Flushing, and several throughout Queens.

              1. re: EricMM

                I will check, I found a place that has fresh capon- which i a castrated rooster and can't figure out if it the same thing.

          2. re: shatoblanc

            Where in LA? I am in Texarkana. I come to Shreveport regularly. $5 seems like a deal.

          3. I think there is at least one live poultry place in Astoria, Queens. Do a Google search for Astoria Live Poultry.

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            1. re: queensgal

              Unfortunately, Astoria Live Poultry was shut down by the Board of Health 9 years ago. :(

              1. re: queensgal

                There's one that's definitely open, on 20th Ave, just East of the ConEd plant I think. Never been inside...

                1. re: Harlan

                  Yes, Harlan is correct and it is called Astoria Live Poultry.


                  I went in there once and it is not just poultry. They are slaughtering all kinds of animals for consumption in this place...

              2. fresh poultry market in greenpoint on grrrrrrreeenpoint ave, hope you have a backyard cause fresh is the best my friend

                1. This place might be able to help, if it's still around ... http://www.chow.com/outer_boroughs_di...

                  Bismillah Live Poultry
                  37-15 55th St, Queens, NY 11377

                  1. How did the coq au vin go? I grew up eating capon, and it is awesome. The castration makes it very tender and flavorful. The best chicken soups I ever ate were made from capons. I bet it makes a fantastic roast and coq au vin!

                    1. There is a live poultry shop at 206 St and 10 Ave in Manhattan. Convenient to 207 St station on 1 subway line.

                      1. There was a place in the Bronx on Morris park ave.

                        1. There are a couple of live poultry shops in red hook, one at the corner of degraw and columbia, and another one somewhere not too far from there, maybe further west down degraw?

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                          1. re: bothrops_asper

                            There is a live poultry market on the corner of Columbia Street at Degraw, I used to live next door to them and we called them the "chicken killers." I know they have roosters, I heard them every morning at about 4:30. That's the only market in that area (Columbia St.) now. They also sell rabbit and quail and used to order in lambs in the Spring.

                            1. re: bushwickgirl

                              «That's the only market in that area (Columbia St.) now.» I pass another one on Sackett between Columbia and VanBrunt on my way to Fairway. Probably the one that b_a was talking about.

                              1. re: bobjbkln

                                Oh, I thought that place on Sackett was long gone, it burned a bunch of years back and, as far as I knew, never reopened.
                                I do recommend the one on Columbia/Degraw, they have a high turnover and keep the place seemingly very clean. I pretty sure they still have capons, too.

                          2. There's a live poultry place across from the Western Beef on College Point Blvd. in College Point.

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                            1. re: Jaleamia

                              I can't remeber the name (I'll check Monday), but if anyone is still looking for a rooster there is a Halal (live) butcher on Webster Ave right past P.S./M.S. 20 on the opposite side of the street. They sell rooster, rabbit, etc. You can't miss it: the store is a little past a Dunkin' Donuts.

                              The school's address is 3050 WEBSTER AVENUE BRONX, NY 10467.

                              1. re: NewYorkNewHaven

                                Finally made it to this place, Green Island Live Poultry. They had a large, healthy looking stock of various birds. Lots of chickens and pigeons, etc. There were a few animals that didn't look so good, but this was the exception. We picked up a chicken and I've never had liver that tasted so balanced (we eat the heart, liver and sweetbreads less than 2 hours after kill).

                            2. Old post but new info. In Jamaica, Queens next to the AirTrain Station is a place called

                              Live Poultry
                              94-02 Liverpool Street
                              718 526 9430

                              1. There is a plethora of Live Poultry places in South Brooklyn. There's at least four or five of them in Sunset Park between 39th and 65th Streets; but I'm not sure of the exact locations off the top of my head, and I don't know if they specifically sell roosters. I'll check next time I am passing and note the locations.

                                1. There is also a place down around the 183rd and Jerome 4-train stop. Anyone been here? Should have written down the name.