At what age do you process...

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by hensdeliverthegoods, Nov 28, 2008.

  1. hensdeliverthegoods

    hensdeliverthegoods Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2007
    Catawba County, NC
    ...a dual-purpose bird such as a Rock, Orp or Delaware? I know they don't grow as quickly as the Cornish X's, but I also don't want them to get too old to be good meat. I've looked around for the info but haven't found anything definite. Thanks for any input...
  2. sweetshoplady

    sweetshoplady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2008
    Venice, Florida
    I've processed at 6 months, 8 months, and 4 months. The first 2 were Delaware's. The 3rd was today, a RIR. The difference is how you cook them. Oh, and a Brahma cross at 4 months.

    I only have dual purpose as they come along and are of age, a meat order of meaties would be too much for us. Although I'd really like to get some game hens. And I am doing quail as that is an ideal size bird for us.

    My 4 month olds are about 2-3 pounds and are great as a frier. If I let them go to 6-8 months they get up in that 5 pound range and are ideal as a roast bird. All that I have done have been fantastic. (I did one today (4 mos) who is in the fridge to be fried tomorrow).

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