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Are black sexlinks worth eating and how old is the best ime to butche

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by EAST TEXAROO, Sep 10, 2009.

  1. EAST TEXAROO

    EAST TEXAROO Out Of The Brooder

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    Are they worth eating? Whats the best age to butcher?
     
  2. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    I think they are a bit scrawny, not that I know anything about butchering!
     
  3. antlers

    antlers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are not meat birds but they taste just like chicken. I butcher spares at about 15-16 weeks. Well after meaties. Not tones of meat but worth the effort.
     
  4. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    Of all the heavy breeds you can get, I find the BSL to actually be the fastest growing. I make them myself using my own RIR's and Barred Rocks. They often become the dominant cockrels because they do grow so much more quickly than 'purebreeds' (remember there are no breeds of chicken).

    I would say at the 15-16 week mark you would get heavier birds than anything, excluding broilers or possible Dark Cornish. In the same breath, the carcass conformation will still look 'funny' to you. The brest will be thin with a protuding keel.

    But BSL's are certainly a better route to go than any other purebred, IMO.
     

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