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anyone experienced with white leghorn roos for meat?

post #1 of 14
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I have 12 chicks in the brooder, seems like 1/2 and 1/2, males/females.   I've read they aren't really considered a meat bird.  Anyone have experience with them?

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They're not the best breed for the table, they never really get good & meaty.  That's why the big egg ranches cull them right after they're sexed, there's no profitable reason to keep them.  But some folks like them anyway, say they're good butchered young & fried or cooked on the grill.  They do taste like chicken. wink

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post #3 of 14

Does the super early maturity rate of the hens transfer at all to the males? Has that ever been tested for usefulness in cross breeding?

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post #4 of 14

My only expeirience with leghorn meat involved a 3yr old rooster. He had very little meat and was as though as leather. Inedible by my account. Young birds are more tender but i couldnt see getting much in the way meat. Sounds like a waste of feed/$$$.

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Yes, their meat is edible and even still fry-able at 5-6 months, just fine, just not a lot!
After that, just put them in the crock pot and stew them down until the meat falls off the bones.
I use shredded chicken meat in Tacos, Enchiladas, Chicken and Rice, and Pulled Chicken with Barbeque Sauce on a bun.
ALL chicken meat is usable!  Even if they are six years old!

Just add salt and pepper and powdered or minced garlic to the bird in the crock pot.
Your house will smell as good as the meat will taste!

Bon apetit!

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SunnyBrooke Poultry Farm  Sandy, Utah
Has DISCONTINUED selling Poultry in Sandy.
Now sells day-old poultry in North Logan & the Cache Valley area.

www.SunnyBrookeFarm.com and www.CachePoultry.com

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post #6 of 14

All birds are meat. WLH roos will produce very little meat no matter the age. However IT'S STILL MEAT. I suggest butchering them when they start crowing and annoying your hens. They will only be a pound or so, but perfect for a wonderful pot of homemade soup!

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post #7 of 14
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Thanks for the input everyone!
I'm not in it for a business, so there's no way I'd cull a baby chick because it will be eating feed lol.  I'll raise them as long as I can, watching and learning the ways of the white leghorn cockerel.  I'm sure they will please us as all the rest of our birds do, and they are special, since we hatched them from Trader Joe's eggs, in our DIY bator...our first attempt at hatching.
I'm considering them as meat birds, so not pets...that will make it easy come time to process. 
I'll wait as long as I can, worst case scenario I figure is a bit less meat, but I'll still be thankful to have the good fortune to raise our own healthy food thumbsup

post #8 of 14

We used to raise Leghorns, and no, they are not meat  birds, but great egg layers of large eggs. smile

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post #9 of 14

My mother, who is now 80, loved her Leghorn "fryers".  She got me 100 little buggers every spring and butcher them we did every September.  Sure, they were only 3-3.5 pounds, but that is what she wanted.  Tender and tasty they were.
My dad preferred plumper White Rocks and got me 150 straight run chicks each spring as well.  Saturday mornings meant cleaning the coop.
That was 50 years ago and I always liked the WR more peaceful demeanor and still have Rocks today and would not have a Leghorn on the property.big_smilebig_smile

 

 

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post #10 of 14

lol, my kids refer to the leghorns as the "Screamin Meanies"

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