Slow Grown Outdoor Reared Irish Chickens & Cockerels
'For Poultry that tastes like it used to taste'
O'Mahonys the Market stock our slow grown chickens but if you don't want to be disappointed order in advance.
Our slow grown chickens weigh between 2.5kg and 5kgs, they are not small or cheap, however a 4.5kg chicken can easily feed 8 people and a roast chicken can produce 3 meals, first the roast, second pick the meat from bones for a pie and thirdly boil up the carcass for a bone broth or soup.
Now also available Cockerel
slow-grown cockerel offers juicier, bolder, more generous meat than a chicken of the same weight (5kg plus) with a rich gamey flavour
they can reach weights of up to 7kgs
Cockerel can be pre-ordered from O'Mahonys Butchers, The English Market, Cork
The Reeks Dev
Our chickens & cockerels are reared in the traditional way on our family farm in Co Cork.
They are allowed to roam outdoors during all daylight hours, coming into warm building at night to avoid night time prowlers and in bad weather, chickens don't like rain! They are grown slowly to full maturity, fed on a diet containing 80% cereals and are never given antibiotics or growth promoters.
We believe in slow food, chickens reared the old fashioned way. Intensively reared chickens are grown for 35 days, our chickens are slow grown for a minimum of 56 days for the smaller sizes and up to 80 days for the larger birds, this slow rearing along with the fact that they are roaming outdoors gives a fuller flavour and texture to the meat. Our Cockerels are reared for up to 120 days and can reach weights of up to 7kgs.
All our poultry from day old chicks is reared, slaughtered and packed on our farm, not leaving until being delivered to our customers, keeping our road miles as low as possible.
Where to buy our slow grown chickens:
O'Mahonys the Market
Unit 36 Grand Parade Market Buildings
The English Market
Tel: 21 427 0254
Lucey's The Good Food Shop
57 Main Street
Facts about slow grown chickens & cockerels:
Intensively reared chicken has a high water content with little structure to the meat.
Slow grown chicken reared to maturity - meat is full of flavour with a firm texture to the meat, due to the lack of water in the meat, it will dry out if overcooked.
Intensively reared chickens have very soft bones, easily cut through with a knife.
Slow grown chickens have strong bones full of nutrients, they are very difficult to cut through with a knife but make a fantastic bone broth.
Intensively reared chickens are grown quickly (35 days) therefore costs are kept to a minimum hence cheaper price but lower quality.
Slow grown chickens (56-80 days old) have extra food costs for a longer time but as a true slow growing chicken is gaining flavour, the quality of the finished product is worth the extra.
In short slow grown chickens & cockerels are delicious!