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Discussion in 'Pheasants and Partridge (Chukar)' started by cva34, Jul 25, 2012.
Whats the best age to butcher..Sexing seems to be tuff ...I'm sure I'm in for a few suprises...cva34
Come on Guys someone knows!!cva34
I'd say from 12 weeks and on, but I wouldnt wait later than 16 weeks or so for monetary reasons. The older birds are a little more flavorful I hear, while the younger ones are more tender which is what I prefer. Im about to slaughter some tonight that are 13 weeks old.
I butcher chukar at 16 weeks.... They will have 93% of their adult weight and my roos usually weigh right at 20 oz at this time. Average hen about 18 oz... At 16 weeks, its a good bet that if it shows signs of a "spur bump", its a roo. Not all roos will show a bump this early, but most will. Some hens will get spurs too, but not this early as a rule....
Thanks Guys that what I was looking for ..There 17 weeks old PERFECT ...cva34