4 mo old orpingtons...old enough to eat??

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by TNBarnQueen, Oct 29, 2010.

  1. TNBarnQueen

    TNBarnQueen Songster

    Oct 28, 2010
    East Tennessee
    I have a flock of Buff Orpingtons that are 4 months old today. At what age is best to put them in freezer? They are good size but have many feathers too! This is my first time raising Chickens to eat. Thanks!!

  2. Mrs. Feathers

    Mrs. Feathers Songster

    Apr 2, 2010
    I like to get to 18 or 19 weeks with our dual purpose birds. I think it is personal preference....we don`t find them tough at that age and they have a little more filling out time. That being said...on our last processing we did some 16 week olds who were driving us crazy and they came out very nice, just a little smaller.
  3. Brunty_Farms

    Brunty_Farms Songster

    Apr 29, 2007
    Orpingtons take a little longer than 4 months. I would take them at least 22-24 weeks as they fill out even more that last month and a half.
  4. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    Yorkshire, Ohio
    Last time I did some BO's, I did half of them at 20 weeks and the rest at 24 weeks, and there was a noticable difference.
  5. TNBarnQueen

    TNBarnQueen Songster

    Oct 28, 2010
    East Tennessee
    Thanks for the information. I don't know what I would have done if my friend had not told me about this site. It is absolutely wonderful! One other thing I am wondering and will start a new thread on it as well if I do not find one. Is there a special way I should feed my meaties before butchering? I know when I was growing up we isolated the cattle to be slaughtered and grain fed them. Do you recommend this with chickens? Thanks so much!!!

  6. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

    Dec 2, 2009
    Quote:I just feed mine the same thing that have always had, just take away the feed the night before and butcher in the morning kinda thing

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