Best age to kill for meat?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Hopefulloflove, Oct 11, 2011.

  1. Hopefulloflove

    Hopefulloflove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At what age do you want to kill a bird for the best meat? Newbie here and just wondering...thanks!
     
  2. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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    Quote:It really depends on what kind of bird your raising!! Can you give a little more information??
     
  3. Saltysteele

    Saltysteele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    like said, depends on the bird you're raising. a cornish cross, 6-8 weeks. a freedom ranger, 12-14 weeks.

    also depends on what you're planning on doing them. a fryer is not as big as a roaster, for example.
     
  4. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    8 weeks Pekin, 10 weeks Appleyard, 6-8 months, geese. 8 weeks Cornish Cross, 10-12 weeks rabbits.
     
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  5. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Quote:Coming from one of the experts that I always take advice from. I agree.
     
  6. munithman

    munithman New Egg

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    I raised freedom rangers this year and slaughtered at 13 weeks. I think that I should have let them go two more weeks. They dressed out just a tad small. Last year I raised dual purpose birds and they slaughtered slightly bigger. But the tendons were tough as they totally free ranged each day. But honestly the freedom rangers are the best birds I have ever eaten.
     
  7. Hens_And_Chicks

    Hens_And_Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Processing a meat bird is really personal preference on how big of a finished product you want. I just butchered 4 cornish cross pullets on Monday and they were 11 weeks. Maybe a little on the larger side but someone gave me a bag of Purina Show Chow which is what I had been feeding so I kept feeding them for a few more weeks. I also work third shift with a day off every 4 days and work every other weekend so I don't have an ideal schedule for doing the deed.

    Commercial producers will process at 5-6 weeks - recommended 8 weeks - as they put on more weight, it is more stressful on their legs as they are just not intended to carry a massive body weight.
     

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