Best age to cull a rooster

arthurpete

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Apr 16, 2011
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Looks like i have two roos of the RIR/gold sex variety. One was yoddling from about 4-5 this morning....At about what age is a good time to cull for meat? They are roughly 14 weeks old.

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arthurpete

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Apr 16, 2011
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so is it a taste or textural component that is lost if you wait? or both?

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Lindalu1450

Hatching
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Aug 9, 2009
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I have an 18 week old Americauna rooster that is ready to be culled. Please don't laugh, but my husband and I are both absolutely unwilling to do it, so we''ll probably have to keep him for life. Any suggestions? (Even our neighbors won't take him!)

We have 3 older bantams and 2 Americauna hens same age as he is. All free range, plenty of places to hide. Will he ever settle down and just pick on his "sisters?" It's the bantams I'm worried about. They've never (in 3 years) been around a rooster. I had to build another little coop for them because they wouldn't go into the coop at night, for fear of him.

(I apologize for hijacking this thread, but it was old, so maybe we can get it going again?)

Also, I tried to upload a picture of my new little coop, but it returned an error... do photos still have to be a smaller size than my camera takes? It's very inconvenient to have to go to another program to change the size- any suggestions?
 

1muttsfan

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Mar 26, 2011
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I kept my last group until 24 weeks of age, got better size and amount of meat than at 18 weeks, and texture seems fine. They were all dual-purpose breeds, they take a little more time to fill out.
 

MarineCorpFarmr

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Mar 9, 2012
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From what I have been told, Now its the time. I think anything after 16 weeks is going to be tough meat.
Not really. 24 weeks the meat is still tender, but has more flavor. but even a 2 yr old slow cooked will be tender and taste awesome


I kept my last group until 24 weeks of age, got better size and amount of meat than at 18 weeks, and texture seems fine. They were all dual-purpose breeds, they take a little more time to fill out.
Exactly. Cornishx aka broilers prolly would be tough and deff the meat would be grainy if they could even stand that long. lol
 
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MarineCorpFarmr

Songster
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Mar 9, 2012
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I have an 18 week old Americauna rooster that is ready to be culled. Please don't laugh, but my husband and I are both absolutely unwilling to do it, so we''ll probably have to keep him for life. Any suggestions? (Even our neighbors won't take him!)

The first time can be difficult but its part of owning chickens ( and incredibly tasty on the table) :)
 

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