Age to process Chanteclers

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by happyhensny, Aug 31, 2011.

  1. happyhensny

    happyhensny Brown Barns Farm

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    I have some Chanties that are now 15 weeks old. Has anyone processed them before? Recommended age? Taste & texture? If they aren't a good meat bird I will unload them at the auction.

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  2. WishboneDawn

    WishboneDawn In the Brooder

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    Being a Canuck, I want me some of those! From everything I've read they're an excellent cold-weather, dual-purpose bird. Good for meat or eggs. Not sure what age I'd process them by but I think it might be the scale that would help me make that decision. [​IMG]
     
  3. happyhensny

    happyhensny Brown Barns Farm

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    As of today they are still peeping and not all that big. I am thinking probably another few weeks at least.
     
  4. punky rooster

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    Around 20 weeks should be good.
    Mitch
     
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  5. eggbuster

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    I have Chanteclers ( I too am a Canuck). It would depend upon the strain you have. I have had some that would make a pigeon look fat and not worth processing at any age. I have another line that is does well at about 16-20 weeks and dress out at 4-6 lbs. I feed clabbered milk and that makes a big difference as well. I am crossing them with Cx this year and the results are very pleasing. Going to do it with another batch of Cx next year to get 2 lines going for a meat flock. The best ones of these crosses are reaching butchering size around 12-15 weeks. Not going to butcher the good ones tho' and will keep them for breeding. They look like they will ave. about 6 lbs dressed.
     
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  7. happyhensny

    happyhensny Brown Barns Farm

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    Quote:That'll be fine-1st week of October. Thanks!
     

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