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Question about chicken bones (not bone broth)

Asked on January 05, 2013
Created January 05, 2013 at 12:32 AM

So, I usually cook my chickens in the slow cooker. 8 hours on low (overnight). Usually, the bones of the chicken get very soft, even the bigger ones in the drumsticks. They're soft enough to bite into (about the toughness of a carrot, although obviously a different texture/taste). Usually I just eat them up with the rest of the chicken.

This time, though, the bones turned out hard and brittle, and much lighter than they usually are. Same brand of chicken as I always buy, and I cooked it the same way. The package has a bunch of claims about being cage free etc. but I don't know how much of that to actually believe. The only other time I've had hard bones like that was when I cooked a pheasant. Any ideas as to why this might be? Does it signify anything about the diet/lifestyle of the chicken in question?

If it matters, the broth from the chicken this time came out just like every previous batch: it gelled up nicely in the fridge and it tastes just the same.

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