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 Post subject: silky's for meat??
PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 7:46 pm 
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Hi just wanting to find out if anyone eats their unwanted silky roosters and what the meat is like (how does it differ from normal chicken?).
We will be getting a few POL Silky which I will get eggs for when they go broody (my daughter wants to hatch her own chicks) and as I cant have roosters here but can get fertile silky egg without having to drive to far (from the same place we are getting the POL silky's) I wanted to find out if they are worth raising the roosters as long as possible to use for meat or if I should be going for a different breed.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 7:55 pm 
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silkies normally have black skin, i fed the to my dogs, when i bre dthem

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Correct me if I am wrong but I think you'll find Ruff has processed black skinned poultry for consumption. There is nothing wrong with eating a black/dark skinned bird however I think you'd find the silky a bit light on the meat, perhaps better used for a soup or stew?

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yeah black skin is just really sickening...imho.. i can't take it, but others might be able to

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hi.. anyone from SEQ, I am happy to take any unwanted Silky roo off your hand.. as long as you are aware, they will be for pot :thumbs:

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I don't have any silky roos but you are welcome to come and get as many large and bantam roos as your car can carry.

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i do believe they are a chinese delicacy. maybe google some recipes


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 9:12 pm 
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Hi everyone
Thanks for that.
I do realise that they will be a smaller bird hopefully end up with about a 800g to 1kg dressed chook (please correct me if this is wrong).
Can anyone tell me what the difference in taste is?
I am not put off by colour of skin or meat if I can still cook it the same as I would a normal chook and the flavour is similar (eg roast, spit, casserole, stew, stirfry).
Or can someone let me know if I need to treat the meat any different to cook it etc.
Also what the best age would be to put then in the freezer (needs to be before they are crowing would that be ok. what age do they start crowing?)

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I believe they are popular in Chinese cooking.


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silkies taste just like ordinary chicken...............no different. the thing that people have problems with as mentioned is the colour of hte meat, even the bones are black.

i did a google and came up with a ccouple of recipes for you
http://www.helium.com/items/944193-reci ... -and-onion

http://www.eatdangerously.com/newfood/r ... hicken.htm

they are also very popular in some asian cultures for their restorative properties, there is a lot of mythology associated with them. there is even a whole state park devoted to them in china :shock:

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here is another page on general information on fat content and flavour to be expected from silkie carcassses

http://www.clovegarden.com/ingred/bd_chksilkz.html

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I grew up with Vietnamese neighbours who bred silkies for eating - I know I ate the meat on many occassions at their place - we never had a roast as such, it was often minced, so I dont remember the skin colour but they tasted fine, just like chicken :roll:

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Silky meat is no different to any chicken meat. I like to cook it using chinese herbs, into a soup ...... yum.


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thanks everyone :thumbs:
may try one first before letting my daughter have some eggs for hatching.
I have been offered them for free a few times and I know of 1 breeder that just culls and tosses out the roosters if they cant find homes for them I am sure they would give me a couple.
It will have to wait a while anyway my daughter doesn't even have the silky pullets yet (let alone having them broody lol)I think they are about 10 weeks old now and their current owner hasn't yet picked which ones he is keeping to show.
Hopefully wont be to much longer though she cant wait to have chickens that don't mind being held. :catch: :catch: :catch:
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Silkies are loved for chinese medicine, the dark skin and bones are supposed to have better properties and a soup made from them will help envigorate the elderly and be good for all sorts of stuff.

I have processed two earlier this year at a bout 5 months of age, dressed out to about 750g, perfect for a quick roast only took about 45 minutes to cook. Once you got over the colour really nice and no different to other home processed birds, the kids wouldn't eat it though coz it looked funny,




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