Cocerned about raising roosters for meat

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Gravedigger, Nov 18, 2008.

  1. Gravedigger

    Gravedigger Out Of The Brooder

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    At what age do roosters start crowing?
    I don't want to annoy the neighbors.
    If they don't start before 10 weeks all is well.
    Thank you
     
  2. dichotomymom

    dichotomymom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got my day olds April first and my one roo started crowing around the beginning of July.
     
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Two of my 4 CornishX cockerels were crowing by 6 wks (I think one started around 4.5 or 5 wks in fact). Mind they probably won't *all* do that, but, you know.

    Good luck,

    Pat
     
  4. CarolMinnesota

    CarolMinnesota Out Of The Brooder

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    I raised 25 mixed heavy and 25 mixed "fancies" roosters this summer. A couple started crowing at 5 weeks. Some never crowed (at least not in front of me). All were slaughtered by 6 months.

    Carol in Minnesota
     
  5. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    If you are raising purebred roosters for meat, they certainly will be crowing by the time they are ready to be eaten... which is usually at the 15+ week mark. They'll very much be males.
     
  6. willheveland

    willheveland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I think your going to be close.Mine seemed to crow from 10-12 weeks. Will
     
  7. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Oh yes, if you don't mean CornishX, it could be earlier as well. Heck I had a campine cockerel (admittedly not a breed you would choose for meat [​IMG]) who started crowing at, IIRC, 18 days old.

    Pat
     
  8. Gravedigger

    Gravedigger Out Of The Brooder

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    CornishX is what I was thinking of getting in straight run
     
  9. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Overrun With Chickens

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    just how close are these neighbors and how many of them are there??

    You would be surprised how people become deaf and more tolerant when they have a nice free, freshly butchered chicken in their refrigerator..

    don't call it bribery,,, call it sharing the wealth..
     
  10. Gravedigger

    Gravedigger Out Of The Brooder

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    We live in a neighborhood with 3/4 acre lots. Is worth it to harvest the offender early or just get females?
     

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