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?
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.