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Advice for First Time slaughter

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Serama Newbee, May 18, 2012.

  1. Serama Newbee

    Serama Newbee Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey guys, I'm going to be getting rid of a few of my extra cockerels, and was thinking of using them for meat. They are Ameraucanas. Are they okay birds for meat? What ages are best for slaughter? Any other advice you all could give me would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks!
     
  2. Oneacre Homestead

    Oneacre Homestead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We just grilled up a plack polish cockerel last nIght. He was three months old and was small but tasty! I let him sit in the fridge for 5 days.
     
  3. Serama Newbee

    Serama Newbee Out Of The Brooder

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    So just let them grow up like normal, foraging, ect, then when they're big enough, slaughter? Is it that simple?
     
  4. Serama Newbee

    Serama Newbee Out Of The Brooder

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    Are free ranged spent laying hens alright for eating? -probably around 3 yrs.
     
    Last edited: May 18, 2012
  5. Oneacre Homestead

    Oneacre Homestead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just let my cockrels run around, yes.
    Also, I eat my spent hens, but I just skin them and put them right into a pot of water to poach them and make soup or taco meat.
     
  6. Oneacre Homestead

    Oneacre Homestead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think the idea with the cockrels is to eat them when they are first starting to crow and they won't be tough. And age the meat a few days. When I was a beginner (i mean, more of a beginner) i tried to eat one that was in rigor!
     

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