Posted by: hearttohearthcookery | May 6, 2012

Is it a Buck or a Hen?

Scaling a Shad

The shad in the picture was sold to me as a buck shad (male) but I have learned to always clean a shad carefully as one can be fooled.  The hen shad is usually larger than the buck, somewhat swollen in the belly and are red around the vent hole.  This shad showed none of those characteristics but when I started cleaning SHE had two large sacs of roe.

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  1. So did you do anything with the roe?

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