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Different people do different things for different reasons. Some people butcher them a lot younger than I would. They may live in suburbia where roosters are not allowed, so they need to process them before they start to crow.

Maybe someone keeps them long enough to determine which are roosters and hens then get rid of the roosters as soon as they possibly can yet get something out of it. It costs a lot to feed a dual purpose breed rooster to get to a larger size so they process them as soon as they consider them big enough to get some meat out of it. That can include pullets too if they have more pullets than they need.

Age makes a huge difference in how they cook. If someone insists on frying them or grilling them, they may need to process them before they get too old.

I prefer to wait until later. There is a lot more meat on an older bird and I like the flavor of an older bird. I cook them slow and with moisture anyway so them being older is a plus for me, not a negative. Mine forage for some of their food so the cost to feed them is not unreasonable. I eat the roosters first and let the pullets lay a while before I decide which ones I want to keep for my permanent laying/breeding flock. I tend to process a fairly small amount, 6 or less, at a time so my freezer is not filled with meat in case of a power outage. I make broth from the parts we don’t eat and older birds make better broth.

We all have unique circumstances and different goals and criteria. You don’t have to do what anyone else does. You need to figure out what suits your purposes better and do that. It may take some experimentation.

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The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right.....Judge Learned Hand  (The more sure your are that your way is the only right way, the more likely you are wrong.)

 

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Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought....Abraham Lincoln (Freedom carries responsibility)

The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right.....Judge Learned Hand  (The more sure your are that your way is the only right way, the more likely you are wrong.)

 

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I'm a bit confused. I just picked up some fertile eggs from a local ranch and I'm planning on hatching and raising the birds for meat for the first time. Several threads that I've been reading seem to suggest that people prefer to butcher their chickens between 10 and 12 weeks and no later than 14 weeks (I'm not sure if they meant both roosters and hens). Should I be waiting longer?

 

The person who I bought the eggs from said that they were from Jersey Giants, Barred Rock, and Rhode Island Reds.


Alex, you're from my home town!  I lived on the corner of Fenwick and Mt. Gleason all through the 60's.  To go to Tujunga, I just crossed the street.  A childhood spent playing in Big Tujunga Canyon left me many fond memories.

 

Have fun raising those birds!

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Alex, you're from my home town!  I lived on the corner of Fenwick and Mt. Gleason all through the 60's.  To go to Tujunga, I just crossed the street.  A childhood spent playing in Big Tujunga Canyon left me many fond memories.

 

Have fun raising those birds!


I know exactly where that is, I actually went to Mt. Gleason middle school. Are you still in the state? Alot has changed in Sunland/Tujunga over the years.

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I know exactly where that is, I actually went to Mt. Gleason middle school. Are you still in the state? Alot has changed in Sunland/Tujunga over the years.


I went to Mt. Gleason when it was still a Junior High, and I went to Plainview.  My folks moved after one semester at Verdugo.

 

I live up near Gorman now.

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