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What age to eat roosters?

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I had 8 white leghorn roos added to my pullet order for packing peanuts. When will be the best age to eat them? They will be turning 9 weeks this week. Two of them have been crowing for a few weeks already and those are much bigger than the others. I know that leghorns are skinny birds, I have hens, so not expecting much meat, but do want to get the most from them.


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http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/285788/rediscovering-traditional-meats-from-historic-chicken-breeds

 

Best ones I've had were 12-16 weeks, better 12-14.  IMO you don't want too much testosterone running around there.

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Ventilation -- may be the most important aspect of coop design

BYC Troubleshooting article -- click here

Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.

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My mother loved 14 week old Leghorn "fryers" as she called them. She didn't care that they only weighed 2 lbs, the taste of frying small framed Leghorns at that age was what she was after. I was no more than nine or ten and had to dispatch a hundred of them.  That was my position of the family "assembly line".  Catching with a fowler's hook and running the chopping block.   I personally preferred a slower developing 16-18 week White Rock, weighing in at least a pound more.  Each to their own.  

 

 

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Great article, thanks so much!


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