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Where to buy old chickens!?

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Anyone know of a regular place to get some old chickens? I have seen them occasionally at farmers markets and frozen. Can one get them fresh? Is there a chicken farm I can go to and say I want that ol' cock and point?

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  1. why?

    just call any reputable poulterer and I would expect they can oblige, jeez they're prob thinking how to get rid of that stock.

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    1. re: hill food

      I was reading that they have a richer flavor and are better for soups, stocks, stews, etc. I will see who I can find locally. Thanks.

      1. re: sekelmaan

        You're right about the flavor, sekelmaan. You didn't give a location, but if you're in the Baltimore area call Spring Hill Farm. It's a fun place to visit too.

        1. re: crowsonguy

          That sounds familiar. I think I drove up there to buy a turkey one year. Thank you, I was trying to find that name.

          1. re: sekelmaan

            Sorry, it's SpringFIELD Farm: www.ourspringfieldfarm.com
            16701 Yeoho Road
            Sparks Glencoe, MD 21152-9559
            (410) 472-0738

      2. re: hill food

        Older birds, particularly roosters, are tough and sinewy but also have a richer flavor than young chickens. I have several old recipes for cockaleekie that explicitly call for a "tough, reprobate old rooster" slow stewed overnight under peat fires.

        1. re: monkeyrotica

          I love the "reprobate" demand. Yes, I bet his former enjoyment adds to the flavor!

      3. Polyface farms is offering some old cocks and hens. I was wondering why they were special.

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