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age to process a chicken

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by fosterchick, May 25, 2008.

  1. fosterchick

    fosterchick Songster

    At what age do you process a chicken. I have got a lot of dual birds and thinking I might have to process some to down size them.
  2. mmajw

    mmajw Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
    I process my Cornish X at 8 weeks after that there seems to be a great loss to heart attacks
  3. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    It's not age, but you're looking for their weight. For a dual purpose, it will probably take 15+ weeks to reach 6-7 lbs live weight.
  4. fosterchick

    fosterchick Songster

    Thanks I will now have to find some one to help with Processing them.
  5. Creek-Chub

    Creek-Chub In the Brooder

    Aug 2, 2007
    Niles, MI

    Not to hijack this, but what is the consensus on using White Rocks or White Cornish as meat birds? I'm aware of the downsides as compared to using Cornish Crosses, but I am about to take my first batch of 25 CC's this summer on for processing and have been swearing that I won't do another batch of these disgusting birds again. Is this even a reasonable thought, or am I better off with the Red/Black Bro or other Hubbard stock birds?

    I can start another thread if this is inappropriate...


    I should add, my main concern here is FCR. A few extra weeks to processing size isn't really a concern for me, and I can live without taking a 10 pound bird to butcher. Thanks...
    Last edited: May 25, 2008
  6. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    White Rocks or White Cornish are purebreeds. All purebreeds grow slowly and aren't optimal as far as body conformation or FCR. Not only do they take longer, but any rock or cornish will have a thin breast with a protruding keel. The body shape takes a lot of getting used to when you are spoiled on the commercially raised cornish crosses.

    All broilers are hybrids which takes better advantage of heterosis. That's the key to fast growing, large breasted animals with good genetics.

    If you think about it careful, all 'breeds' are created by inbreeding. Imagine a family tree, but instead of diverging, it converges to a single point. That is why when you crossbreed, you get hybrid vigor (heterosis) because suddenly genese are present in the hybrids which did not exist in the parents.

    There are broilers out there that you can raise with much better performance, feathering and energy level than the jumbo cornish crosses. You are way better off getting some Red Bro's than trying to raise dual purpose chickens.
  7. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

    May 6, 2007
    Columbia Gorge, OR
    What, might I ask, are Red Bro's and how does one procure them? [​IMG]

    Edited to add: Nevermind. I found them here .
    Last edited: May 26, 2008
  8. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    Red Bro is the same bird as the Red Ranger was from Freedom Ranger. [​IMG]

    Mine are 5 days old now and I plan to keep doing updates. There is something simply awesome about seeing pretty, colored broilers out on grass... rather than the white blobs we used to raise.

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