I haven't been able to find this information anywhere. I am going to be raising Buff Orpingtons next year for meat birds. I will incubate my own from my current Buff flock, who are just now starting to lay. I want to have enough in the freezer for the whole year, about 50, but only have room (on land and in freezer) to raise like 30 at a time, so I want to butcher twice during the year. Does it matter what time I butcher, or can I do it in say April AND October? Will birds who are raised over the winter to butcher weight and age not be as meaty due to the cold weather, or does it not matter since I am free ranging AND feeding free choice high protein?
And raising chicks in the winter is not a concern of mine, I use a heating pad in the brooder, so no fire hazard and warm and toasty!