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8 weeks too young to butcher Jersey Giant/ Wellsummer Roosters?

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I bought  a bunch of fertile eggs locally. I was told the 80% would probably be males. I live in the Burbs so I can't have any roosters.
My plan was to butcher them before they start to crow, which I gather is around 6-8 weeks. My conundrum is this.  Will the roosters be way to small too small at 8 weeks old to butcher? Should I pass them on to another person who would either use them as a rooster or eat them when they are a better size? What are your thoughts?

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I can only speak for the JG.  The first year is mostly bone growth, than they start to fill out and get meaty.

May want to try to rehome them.

Tracy

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My husband (hero to me and my 2 DD), 2 dogs, 3 cats, 2 pot bellies, 2 Jersey Giants, 5 call ducks, 3 Seramas, and an assortment of chicks in the brooder, all on ten acres.
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My husband (hero to me and my 2 DD), 2 dogs, 3 cats, 2 pot bellies, 2 Jersey Giants, 5 call ducks, 3 Seramas, and an assortment of chicks in the brooder, all on ten acres.
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Jersey giants are one of the slowest maturing chickens. Broilers are ready that quick, because they are bred to grow super quick!  I dont know about wellsummers. Ship me the jersey giant and Ill keep him as a pet. big_smile


Edited by lovethechickens - 6/10/08 at 4:13pm
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My 6.5 week old Barred Rock Roo has less meat on him than a chicken McNugget.  I've never raised JG or Wellsummers but I can't imagine they would be worth much till at least 15 weeks.

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Ok, Sounds like I just need to find a home for these little guys in a few weeks.

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