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Jan 3, 2009 08:27 PM

Where can I buy a rooster?

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...

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