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PostSubject: Chicken Terminology   Sun Nov 16, 2008 9:25 pm

Chicken Terminology

Broiler or Broiler-Fryer

A chicken about 9 weeks old weightly 1-1/2 to 3-1/2 lbs

Tender, with smooth textured skin and flexible breastbone cartilage

Of all chickens sold, 70 to 80 per cent are broiler-fryers


Tender chicken of 3-1/2 to 5 lbs, about 12 weeks old


Same as broiler, but used to mean the largest of the broilers, usually weightly over 2-1/2 pounds

Stewing Chicken

Mature female chicken, less tender than roaster

Can be broiler chicken allowed to grow old or layer past the ideal age for laying eggs


Desexed (through surgery) male chicken, weighing 4 to 8 pounds

Very tender, with large amount of white meat


Dressed poultry with entrails, head, feet removed.

All inspected poultry is shipped this way


Fed rations high in milk to increase fat, bleach skin, soften muscle

Obsolete, since all poultry get milk by products daily

Spring chickens

Young cockerel chickens, one sold in spring as by product of egg industry
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