Best time to kill my Rhode Island Red Rooster

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by NewChickens, May 18, 2010.

  1. NewChickens

    NewChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    I just wanted layers and ended up with one rooster. I'm new to killing chickens when is the best time to butcher him. He is 12 weeks old today.
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    You could give him away on Craigslist......
     
  3. petrelline

    petrelline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Now would be an excellent time. Is he 4 lbs? I wait until my roosters are 4lbs. Sometimes that's 12 weeks and sometimes its 16+. 4lbs live makes for about 3 1/4 lbs dressed, which is a good size for a meal for me.
     
  4. NewChickens

    NewChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    I thought about giving him away, but thought I should learn to butcher a chicken. 4lb sounds good I thought someone told me 12 to 16 weeks. I will get the rooster on the scale soon.
     
  5. Bassleg

    Bassleg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The best time is 48 hours before dinner:p
     
  6. Over Easy in Adna

    Over Easy in Adna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:And he could run him over with the car, or throw him of a bridge. It is obvious that you do not agree with the decision to kill and eat the rooster, get over it. To me, it sounds like the OP wants to put the rooster to use even in its death, to feed the family.
     
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  7. imthedude

    imthedude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:And he could run him over with the car, or throw him of a bridge. It is obvious that you do not agree with the decision to kill and eat the rooster, get over it. To me, it sounds like the OP wants to put the rooster to use even in its death, to feed the family.

    +1
     
  8. dichotomymom

    dichotomymom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Right now would be great! Like someone else said, if you do it and let it set for a couple days, it will be tender!
     
  9. mdulik

    mdulik Out Of The Brooder

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    +1[​IMG]
     
  10. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    I try to do mine about 18-20 weeks.
     

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