Not longer after, of course, we became curious about their lives. A small bit of digging revealed that the Cornish hens are simply a cross between two popular broilers, typically factory-farmed in large chicken houses for 5 - 6 weeks before slaughter. The word Game is just thrown in, connoting a wild outdoor life these birds have never seen.
Nonetheless, they were terribly tasty (mainly due to Basha's skill and a good recipe). But should you see them someplace spendy (like Whole Foods, which markets them at $8.49 a pound as "poussin"), you might as well buy a small free-range broiler. It may have a more complex flavor, from its more diverse feed and forage, will be antibiotic free, and will actually cost less. Who knew? Now we do.