Age to cull extra roos?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by sred98, May 6, 2009.

  1. sred98

    sred98 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2008
    Oklahoma
    I've got a few white leghorn mix roos that will need to go to freezer camp. They were born March 18. What age should they be culled?

    Shelly
     
  2. danielbrown

    danielbrown Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Feb 27, 2009
    Spartanburg, sc
    oct 5th 1:27 pm exactly
     
    Last edited: May 6, 2009
  3. Chicky Tocks

    Chicky Tocks [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2666.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Ru

    Oct 20, 2008
    Benton, Arkansas
    I've read between 12-16 weeks.
     
  4. sred98

    sred98 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2008
    Oklahoma
    Quote:[​IMG] LOL!
     
  5. sred98

    sred98 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2008
    Oklahoma
    Quote:Wow, that seems soon! Will they have enough meat on them by then??

    Thanks for the info!

    Shelly
     
  6. Gloria

    Gloria Chillin' With My Peeps

    I believe it is between 16-20 weeks old.
     
  7. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2009
    College Station, Tx
    I did my australorps at 13 weeks, and they had a lot of meat on them. Maybe not as much as the Cornish X do at 7 weeks, but still enough to make a good meal. Much later than that, your feed conversion ratio starts to drop, and the birds aren't as tender.

    If I was going to do it again, I may consider waiting until they were older. I did it earlier so I would have tender meat, but it was already somewhat tough. We're cooking them in ways which require a long, slow cook to help tenderize them. Better flavor than you could ever get at the grocery store, though.
     
  8. sred98

    sred98 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2008
    Oklahoma
    Quote:That makes sense. I'd really love to make a good Coq au Vin, but I think I'd hate to kill a roo I've had for 2 years! LOL!

    Thanks for the input!

    Shelly
     
  9. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2009
    College Station, Tx
    You can watch Craigslist... there's roos on there for free or cheap all the time!
     
  10. Kim_NC

    Kim_NC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2009
    Mt Airy, NC
    We like to butcher dual purpose roos at 17-19 weeks. Finished weights will be about 3 lbs and they'll be tender.
     

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