Barred Rocks

Frannabelle

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10 Years
Jun 1, 2009
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I have 10 BR chicks that came as packing peanuts with my bantam order.

Do BR's make a good bird for meat?

How old until I can take them for processing?
 

petrelline

Songster
10 Years
Feb 13, 2009
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Los Gatos, CA
The barred rocks I raised took between 12-16 weeks to come up to between 3-4 lbs. They have narrow bodies and not a lot of breast meat but nice big leg quarters. They're really tasty. Make sure you feed them 20%+ broiler feed.
 

Happy Chooks

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11 Years
Jul 9, 2009
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I fed mine flock raiser as they were in with my hens until today. Today they were processed (my first time) at just a few days shy of 20 weeks. There is a pretty good amount of meat on them. (just don't expect breast size like the grocery store) I considered butchering them at 16 weeks, but they just didn't look big enough to me. In the last couple weeks they have really filled out.
 

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