Broiler butchering question

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by rosti, Aug 5, 2013.

  1. rosti

    rosti Out Of The Brooder

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    At nine weeks old, my biggest broilers weigh in at 6.7 pounds. About what will they be dressed out? Should I wait longer before butchering?
     
  2. Elke Beck

    Elke Beck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It depends on what you like. A 6.5 pound live bird should dress out at about 70%, so about 4.5 pounds. Store chickens are usually in the 3.5 pound range, so you ould have a good sized bird if you butcher now.
     
  3. kakayona

    kakayona Out Of The Brooder

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    I would wait. How many do you have? They eat a TON at this age. From 9-10 weeks on 26% i got mega size.
     
  4. KFCCHICKENUTAH

    KFCCHICKENUTAH Out Of The Brooder

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    Ditto. Killed mine at 11 weeks. Smallest dressed was 6.7lbs. Biggest was 7.4
     
  5. rosti

    rosti Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! I guess I'll wait a little longer then. ;)
     

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