[Sca-cooks] Something to Ponder-OT, OP

Saint Phlip phlip at 99main.com
Wed Jun 11 06:34:12 PDT 2008

On Wed, Jun 11, 2008 at 9:07 AM,  <jenne at fiedlerfamily.net> wrote:
>> Bringing this back to SCA context... how big were medieval chickens
>> anyway?
>> I remember conversations about the size of eggs, but I don't remember one
>> about the size of chickens...
> A couple of times at the discount store near my mom, I've seen SCARILY big
> frozen capons (Like twice as big as the Mutant Purdue Roasters, which are
> pretty darn big). Were capons bigger in period, too?

Size of poultry in period is really hard to determine. The Jungle Fowl
tend to be only a couple of pounds. But in period, I suspect they
caponized the roosterlings, and didn't kill the hens until they were
too old to lay. In modern times, most of our commercial chicken comes
from young birds who have been bred to get big, fast. Note the
following, which are at dressing weight in 6-10 weeks:


Myself, I like my kids too much to slaughter them ;-) Not only do I
hate dressing out chickens- it's a PITA- but I just like my birds-
they're infinately amusing ;-)

Saint Phlip

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