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Where to buy old chickens!?

sekelmaan Feb 11, 2010 04:20 PM

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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    josie888 Feb 14, 2010 11:02 AM

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

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    1. re: josie888
      sekelmaan Feb 14, 2010 12:34 PM

      Excellent, thanks!

    2. hill food Feb 12, 2010 12:27 AM


      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
        sekelmaan Feb 12, 2010 02:16 AM

        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
          crowsonguy Feb 12, 2010 06:02 AM

          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
            sekelmaan Feb 12, 2010 06:17 AM

            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
              crowsonguy Feb 12, 2010 07:29 AM

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

        2. re: hill food
          monkeyrotica Feb 12, 2010 08:46 AM

          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
            crowsonguy Feb 13, 2010 07:31 AM

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

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