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Best time to kill my Rhode Island Red Rooster

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

I just wanted layers and ended up with one rooster. I'm new to killing chickens when is the best time to butcher him. He is 12 weeks old today.

post #2 of 16

You could give him away on Craigslist......

Currently keeping a flock of 14 chickens, one rooster and 13 hens.  I have three Easter Eggers, three Golden Buffs, two Marans and six Buff Brahmas.  My hobbies are gardening, chicken keeping, and beekeeping.  I'm married with two sons, a step son and daughter, and two really cute grandkids!
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Currently keeping a flock of 14 chickens, one rooster and 13 hens.  I have three Easter Eggers, three Golden Buffs, two Marans and six Buff Brahmas.  My hobbies are gardening, chicken keeping, and beekeeping.  I'm married with two sons, a step son and daughter, and two really cute grandkids!
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post #3 of 16

Now would be an excellent time.  Is he 4 lbs?  I wait until my roosters are 4lbs.  Sometimes that's 12 weeks and sometimes its 16+.  4lbs live makes for about 3 1/4 lbs dressed, which is a good size for a meal for me.

Layers: 2 Australorps, 1 Welsummer, 3 Barred Rocks, 1 Splash Orp, 1 BLRW, 1 Buckeye
Growout Pen: empty (for now!)
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Layers: 2 Australorps, 1 Welsummer, 3 Barred Rocks, 1 Splash Orp, 1 BLRW, 1 Buckeye
Growout Pen: empty (for now!)
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post #4 of 16
Thread Starter 

I thought about giving him away, but thought I should learn to butcher a chicken. 4lb sounds good I thought someone told me 12 to 16 weeks. I will get the rooster on the scale soon.

post #5 of 16

The best time is 48 hours before dinner:P

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Please forgive my spelling , I have a learning disability but I can read an understand just about anything.
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post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by chicmom 

You could give him away on Craigslist......


And he could run him over with the car, or throw him of a bridge.  It is obvious that you do not agree with the decision to kill and eat the rooster, get over it.  To me, it sounds like the OP wants to put the rooster to use even in its death, to feed the family.

post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by Over Easy in Adna 
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Originally Posted by chicmom 

You could give him away on Craigslist......


And he could run him over with the car, or throw him of a bridge.  It is obvious that you do not agree with the decision to kill and eat the rooster, get over it.  To me, it sounds like the OP wants to put the rooster to use even in its death, to feed the family.


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"i'm the dude.  that's what you call me."

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post #8 of 16

Right now would be great! Like someone else said, if you do it and let it set for a couple days, it will be tender!

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post #9 of 16

+1wink

post #10 of 16

I try to do mine about 18-20 weeks.

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One thing is for sure. The price of a dead hen is a dead pred.
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