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

Johnna Holloway johnnae at mac.com
Wed Jun 11 07:50:05 PDT 2008

There were also chickens that were used to pay rents. In Scotland these
were known as kain hens. Those tended to be rather small, having been ill
fed because the rent was paid in numbers of hens, not in the quality of 

Kane means a rent paid in kind.


Saint Phlip wrote:
> 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:
> http://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/product/jumbo_cornish_x_rocks.html
> 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 ;-)

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