Butchering Advice

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by blackvelvet, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. blackvelvet

    blackvelvet In the Brooder

    Feb 4, 2011
    East Tennessee
    My cornish X are 4 weeks old. Do you think some are big and old enough to butcher as Cornish game hens. I do not have a scale so I am just trying to figure this out. Any help would be great!
  2. Recon

    Recon In the Brooder

    Sep 12, 2008
    I've never butchered at 4 weeks but I've looked at my birds and looked at butcherd game hens in immediate comparison and decided my 4 week old birds would butcher bigger than the store bought hens in my hand.
  3. terri9630

    terri9630 Songster

    Mar 22, 2009
    New Mexico
    Just compare the size to the what is at the store. If they are about the same size then go for it. To weigh my birds I just bought a $20 digital fish scale from Walmart. You can tie their legs together and hang them to weigh or put them in a bucket and then subtract the weight of the bucket. If you have a good bathroom scale (those are banned in my house) you can use one of those.
  4. Bubbles_erin

    Bubbles_erin In the Brooder

    Jan 21, 2011
    Mine are 3.5 weeks, and I couldn't imagine butchering already...pics please...I know, I know...I am always asking you to post pics...just like to compare [​IMG]

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