Live poultry in Westbury

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The price list at Westbury Live Poultry Market

The price list at Westbury Live Poultry Market includes eight varieties of chickens plus guinea hen, rabbit, duck, quail and squab. (Aug. 19, 2013) Photo Credit: Newsday/Erica Marcus

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Noodling around the industrial back roads of Westbury looking for a tile store, I came across Westbury Live Poultry Market, which has occupied this spot for 12 years.

The store isn’t much more than a garage filled with metal crates full of birds, clucking and nibbling corn. There are a variety of chickens — different breeds, roosters and hens, young and old — as well as turkeys, ducks, guinea hens and rabbits. Quail, squab and pheasant and other exotica are available on request. Chicken prices are all less than $3 a pound; nothing costs more than $4 a pound. The price includes having your bird slaughtered and plucked.

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Owner Lee DaCosta said that the store catered to immigrant and first-generation Americans — Hispanic, Chinese, Arab — who have a tradition of buying live poultry, though he says he also supplies rabbits to local Italian restaurants and soup hens to traditional Jewish cooks.

I haven’t much experience cooking just-butchered fowl, but I’ll be heading back to Westbury soon to pick up a few birds. I’ll report back.

Westbury Live Poultry is at 40 Urban Ave., Westbury, 516-334-7599.

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