Carcass weight vs live weight

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by tboneranch, Sep 29, 2009.

  1. tboneranch

    tboneranch Out Of The Brooder

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    Can you all tell me what percentage you use to figure your carcass weights of Cornish X? I have read 63% and 67% for the colored meat birds, but I imagibe a 12 week feed out is a little different than a cornish. Maybe not.

    Also can you tell me what weight broiler is the most popular to sell?

    Thanks for your input!
     
  2. Winsor Woods

    Winsor Woods Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The Cornish Cross loses between 25% and 33% of it's weight during processing. Each bird will be different but if you want to plan ahead and be conservative, figure that it loses 1/3.

    Dan
     
  3. tboneranch

    tboneranch Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks so much-really appreciate it.
     
  4. schmism

    schmism Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so if this

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    is to be ~4lbs

    then live weight should be between 5 and 5.5 lbs?

    do you guys weigh your live birds to determine when to process? or just go by week date? or "they look right" what?
     
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2010
  5. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Quote:Somethin like that. My last roo was a little over 5lbs, and dressed out to 4lbs 2oz.
     
  6. tboneranch

    tboneranch Out Of The Brooder

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    Windsor Woods' advice was right on, so stick with the 1/3 rule for fryers. Yes, I weighed several in a bucket attached to a hanging feed bag scale. It only takes a few to be able to look at them and know they are ready after you have weighed them.
     
  7. ijon1

    ijon1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought six cornish at Tractor supply. Within a few days they look like little puff balls on little legs.
     

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