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How long until RIR chicks are market size

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I have a RIR getting broody, sitting on about 6 eggs. After they hatch, I have facilities to raise them in until they are coop ready...but, how long until they are meat size? I'm thinking maybe 9 weeks?? I've only raised and acquired older chickens, starting at 12wks. Thanks in advance.
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Most folks butcher a dual purpose breed like this around 18-22 weeks. That's when you get the most bang for your buck, so to speak. You can butcher earlier, of course, especially if they're becoming a pain to manage. You'll get a smaller, more tender bird. Some folks butcher at 13 ish weeks, not sure how large the carcass is but they've grilled those birds and had good results. 

Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Thank you so much!!! I was having the hardest time finding any info on Google!!
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