Day Old Cornish Game Hens
Cornish Game Hens are small, single serving sized chickens available in grocery stores. People who raise chickens for meat often want these small, tender birds in their flocks. There is sometimes confusion, though, because in technical terms Cornish Game Hens are actually young, female Cornish Cross Broilers. They are simply marketed in grocery stores as Cornish Game Hens.
The difference is only the time at which the chickens are processed. A Cornish Cross Broiler when raised to be a large roaster, is processed between 6 and 9 weeks old when they weigh anywhere from 5-10 pounds. A Cornish Game Hen, on the other hand, is processed when it weighs 2.5 pounds, or at about 4 weeks old.
Regardless of when these birds are processed, you can be sure they will be worth the effort. Cornish Crosses were bred specifically to yield plenty of meat in a relatively short time. Because they have been developed scientifically, it is impossible to breed them and get the same results. It's best to just buy them as chicks and raise them for processing.
Cornish Game Hens are delicious. Tyler Danke once spent an evening at camp determined to roast a Cornish Game Hen on a stick, over an open fire like a hot dog! However you decide to cook your bird (Tyler strongly recommends doing so inside) the result will be a melt-in-your-mouth culinary experience.
This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 04 December, 2010.