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How old before you can butcher?

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I have a BO roo which I am planning on relocating, but if I can't he might dinner. How old does a roo have to be before its worth butchering?

1st year with chickens: 3 BRs, 1 "Americauna" EE (who was supposed to be an Australorp but we're glad she's not!), and 3 BO's
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1st year with chickens: 3 BRs, 1 "Americauna" EE (who was supposed to be an Australorp but we're glad she's not!), and 3 BO's
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post #2 of 6

I butchered a couple of BO roos around 16-17 weeks.  They weren't huge but they were a decent size.

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Enjoying my 10-acres in the country with 50+ chickens, turkeys and muscovy ducks!  Blog is here.

 

Read about my fox attack here

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My hoop house

Should I add supplemental heat?

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I don't know that I have the resources (or want) to butcher the bird. Would a typical butcher take a live chicken and do it?

1st year with chickens: 3 BRs, 1 "Americauna" EE (who was supposed to be an Australorp but we're glad she's not!), and 3 BO's
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1st year with chickens: 3 BRs, 1 "Americauna" EE (who was supposed to be an Australorp but we're glad she's not!), and 3 BO's
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post #4 of 6

I'd be surprised.  You'd be better off looking for processors in your area.  (I.e., where do the cattle and pigs go to be slaughtered?)

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Should I add supplemental heat?

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Enjoying my 10-acres in the country with 50+ chickens, turkeys and muscovy ducks!  Blog is here.

 

Read about my fox attack here

A fox attack survival story

My hoop house

Should I add supplemental heat?

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post #5 of 6
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Originally Posted by eggcamefirst 

I don't know that I have the resources (or want) to butcher the bird. Would a typical butcher take a live chicken and do it?


A typical butcher probably would not. You would probably need to find a specific poultry processor. If you can muster the want, it takes very little equipment to process 1 roo. You can use a gallon plastic jug with the bottom cut off and the mouth enlarged for a kill cone. Nail it to a tree or fencepost upside down and place the roo in and slit it's throat and let it bleed out for a few minutes. Get your biggest pot and heat the water to around 148 degrees. Bring the water outside and dunk the roo for a minute or so until the feathers pull out easily. Pluck all the feathers, cut off the neck and feet, make a slit in the abdomen and remove the innards. Rinse well, age for a day or so in the fridge then cook and eat! For only 1 roo, it's worth giving it a try.

Brian
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5.5 months

8 leghorns hens, leghorn rooster, 3 leghorn chicks, 3 Flemish giant does, baby bunnies, Flemish giant buck, Harlequin doe, meat turkey, silkie , cohein
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8 leghorns hens, leghorn rooster, 3 leghorn chicks, 3 Flemish giant does, baby bunnies, Flemish giant buck, Harlequin doe, meat turkey, silkie , cohein
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