Can I butcher Cochin Standards and When?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Kirbytb, Apr 11, 2009.

  1. Kirbytb

    Kirbytb Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello
    I am getting some Black Cochin Standards in and wondered if I could butcher them. I know they will be small but that is ok.
    I plan on using them as fryers.
    Any help would be appreciated.
    Thanks,
    Michele
     
  2. jbowen9

    jbowen9 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes you can butcher any chicken but it just takes longer for different breeds but just guessing 8 to 12 weeks if your just going for fryers but now that depends on how well they grow
     
  3. warmfuzzies

    warmfuzzies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2009
    Boondocks, Colorado
    You wont get very big cochins at 8-12 weeks. They do get very big, but it takes a long time. They are very slow growers. I am thinking, trying to remember, and I wouldnt think you would want to butcher before 20 weeks. But I am not sure. They have so much fluff it is really hard to tell how big they are.

    I have a Cochin Cockeral who is at least 6 months old. And he still seems to have a lot of growing to do, I am guessing him at about 7-8 lbs. He is still smaller then my full grown Cochin hens.
     

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