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Wings live poultry

I spend far too much time walking the streets of Chinatown checking out the markets. I've always been curious about Wings Live Poultry, and the interesting variety of birds they offer. I read a couple of threads about their brown/black chickens (Silkies maybe?), but I was curious about the other fowl, like guinea hens and the like.

Anybody tried the the other birds? According to past posters, their in-your-face slaughter methods make for tough meat. Still, not too many places to find these types of birds around here.

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  1. those black chickens are for soup/broth. the chinese consider them to be medicinal. they're not realy eating chickens. they are available all over chinatown as well.

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    1. re: hotoynoodle

      Yeah, I've seen them in the meat section. I was more interested in the other birds.

        1. re: StriperGuy

          lately i've been using heads, backs and feet. should i simmer up a few black chix for a change? have been on a bone broth kick this winter...

          1. re: hotoynoodle

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/708299

            from what Chef Lee did w/ black chicken (see my comment on linked thread above)on Top Master Chefs, it looks like black chicken (as chicken, not soup)can make for some 5 star dishes- at least created by him back in 2010.

            1. re: opinionatedchef

              have worked some events with him. super-talented and very nice. interesting though that he makes a force-meat, rather than just using the flesh as is. that speaks of its normal texture being not preferred.

            2. re: hotoynoodle

              The black chickens just make a rich, wonderful very chickeny broth.

              1. re: StriperGuy

                oc, thanks for those links.

                sg ~~ i will definitely give that a go.

                thanks, guys!

                1. re: hotoynoodle

                  hey stripie, and hotoy, did you see the other thread that linked to this recipe for black chicken eaten AS BLACK CHICKEN!? thx to kwagle for reviving that link.

                  http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/17/din...

                  hotoy, plse let us know if you buy and eat this chicken; i've been curious about it for a long time! they must be very small chickens; 1 1/2 lb each.

                  1. re: opinionatedchef

                    they are pretty small.

                    i know when game birds are brought back after a hunt, the birds are gutted and hung for awhile before being cooked. i'm wondering if the lack of this is the issue with the meat mentioned by the op?

                    also, the black chicken broth is medicinal for "sitting mothers", which i most assuredly am not! lol! but yeah, i will give them a go and report back.

        2. There's a early morning line out in front usually - do they sell out of stuff, or is it just the morning ingredient rush.

          My other question is do the chicken's meet their end shortly after you place an order?

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          1. re: grant.cook

            If they work like the other live poultry shop in Chinatown, then yes, chickens are slaughtered after you place the order.

            1. re: rlee21

              Yeah I believe they have multiple varieties.