anyone experienced with white leghorn roos for meat?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Liamm_1, Feb 19, 2011.

  1. Liamm_1

    Liamm_1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have 12 chicks in the brooder, seems like 1/2 and 1/2, males/females. I've read they aren't really considered a meat bird. Anyone have experience with them?
  2. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    They're not the best breed for the table, they never really get good & meaty. That's why the big egg ranches cull them right after they're sexed, there's no profitable reason to keep them. But some folks like them anyway, say they're good butchered young & fried or cooked on the grill. They do taste like chicken. [​IMG]
  3. HaikuHeritageFarm

    HaikuHeritageFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 7, 2010
    Anchorage, AK
    Does the super early maturity rate of the hens transfer at all to the males? Has that ever been tested for usefulness in cross breeding?
  4. SJ

    SJ Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    My only expeirience with leghorn meat involved a 3yr old rooster. He had very little meat and was as though as leather. Inedible by my account. Young birds are more tender but i couldnt see getting much in the way meat. Sounds like a waste of feed/$$$.
  5. SunnyBrookeFarm

    SunnyBrookeFarm Out Of The Brooder

    Yes, their meat is edible and even still fry-able at 5-6 months, just fine, just not a lot!
    After that, just put them in the crock pot and stew them down until the meat falls off the bones.
    I use shredded chicken meat in Tacos, Enchiladas, Chicken and Rice, and Pulled Chicken with Barbeque Sauce on a bun.
    ALL chicken meat is usable! Even if they are six years old!

    Just add salt and pepper and powdered or minced garlic to the bird in the crock pot.
    Your house will smell as good as the meat will taste!

    Bon apetit!
  6. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    All birds are meat. WLH roos will produce very little meat no matter the age. However IT'S STILL MEAT. I suggest butchering them when they start crowing and annoying your hens. They will only be a pound or so, but perfect for a wonderful pot of homemade soup!
  7. Liamm_1

    Liamm_1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks for the input everyone!
    I'm not in it for a business, so there's no way I'd cull a baby chick because it will be eating feed lol. I'll raise them as long as I can, watching and learning the ways of the white leghorn cockerel. I'm sure they will please us as all the rest of our birds do, and they are special, since we hatched them from Trader Joe's eggs, in our DIY bator...our first attempt at hatching.
    I'm considering them as meat birds, so not pets...that will make it easy come time to process.
    I'll wait as long as I can, worst case scenario I figure is a bit less meat, but I'll still be thankful to have the good fortune to raise our own healthy food [​IMG]
  8. JustAChickenLittle&More

    JustAChickenLittle&More Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 25, 2010
    We used to raise Leghorns, and no, they are not meat birds, but great egg layers of large eggs. [​IMG]
  9. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    My mother, who is now 80, loved her Leghorn "fryers". She got me 100 little buggers every spring and butcher them we did every September. Sure, they were only 3-3.5 pounds, but that is what she wanted. Tender and tasty they were.
    My dad preferred plumper White Rocks and got me 150 straight run chicks each spring as well. Saturday mornings meant cleaning the coop.
    That was 50 years ago and I always liked the WR more peaceful demeanor and still have Rocks today and would not have a Leghorn on the property.[​IMG][​IMG]
  10. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    lol, my kids refer to the leghorns as the "Screamin Meanies"

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