Did you know?
You do not need a rooster to have chicken eggs. Hens will lay eggs regardless of whether a rooster is around or not. A rooster’s job is the fertilization of those eggs.
The rooster is the only bird in the Chinese Zodiac Calendar. The Year of the Rooster (2017) will rack up 384 days and actually 13 lunar months!
Have you ever wondered why you don't see rooster available for sale alongside chicken, duck and turkey? Well wonder no more...
The history of the rooster
In 1927, when a Japanese poultry specialist unveiled the vent method for determining the sex of day old chicks, the chicken industry was changed forever. As farmers discovered they could sort the roosters out of their flock, they concentrated on rearing hens only, as a hen produces more meat with a milder flavour. The poor roosters were despatched at birth. To this day, our commercial egg farms, kill day old roosters, focusing only on providing hens to our farmers.
Hapi, The Farmer, also recalls times growing up in Tonga when he would venture out with his father at night to cull the native rooster population. Hens were too valuable providing daily eggs – roosters were what fed the family from time to time.
A longer, happier rooster life
R&R Roosters are a bright light on the roosters' horizon! Concentrating on raising roosters saved from the commercial egg farms, they now rear them as a table bird in the west of Sydney.
The roosters are lovingly cared for on a sprawling farm where they freely roam. Whilst these birds eventually meet their demise to feed us, they are given a chance to experience more than a day's life, and a happy one to boot.
We recently partnered with R&R Roosters to offer you their roosters by pre-order online. This means the roosters are only supplied if and when an order is placed, no mass supply for the sake of making freezers look full and inviting. We chose the pre-order option to gain a fair balance between happy roosters and happy customers.
Bringing rooster back to the table
Rooster was once a prized food, and for some cultures the preferred bird. In France, Coq Au Vin is a stew traditionally made with rooster. With a leaner meat, and gamier flavour, rooster lends itself to stews and braises, along with bolder flavours.
Photos courtesy of Merryn Brettle.
Here is a wonderful rooster recipe that you could try at home
Coq au vin, the traditional French recipe makes good use of the rooster's flavourful meat in a slow cooked braise with a deep winey gravy. Gourmet traveller has been one of my favourite sources for exceptional recipes...and even though I have not had a chance to cook this recipe, it should turn out deliciously good.