At what age do you process...

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

  1. hensdeliverthegoods

    hensdeliverthegoods Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ...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...
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  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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