Dark brahma roosters

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by New2TheCoop, May 15, 2011.

  1. New2TheCoop

    New2TheCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi everyone, I am new to chickens & I am having a great time raising my new chickens! I have some questions about using dark brahma roosters for meat. I received 14 roosters for warmth (one ended up being a hen) anyways, this has left me with 11 roosters that must go. I was wondering if any of you have ever processed brahmas? How old were they? Average weights? Any pics? Any input would be appreciated!
     
  2. New2TheCoop

    New2TheCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It takes them a long time to overcome the meat to bone ration. They may look big, but under those feathers there isn't much meat. I did a few at 30 weeks and was greatly disappointed. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but it can take as long as 2 years for a Brahma to reach it's mature size. Not that you would wait that long to butcher, just saying they fill out very, very slowly.
     
  4. New2TheCoop

    New2TheCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks! Mine are about 12 weeks, and they are pretty big. I was thinking around July, but it seems i might have to wait a little linger. Anybody else know anything about this?
     
  5. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    I butcher when they start crowing and becoming a general pain in the [email protected]#.
     
  6. New2TheCoop

    New2TheCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Lol [​IMG]
     
  7. NYRIR

    NYRIR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Right! But yes,I did research on meat breeds and found that the brahmas take a long time to grow...just like the Jersey Giants...I personally am about to start some Delewares because my reds were a bit disappointing in size...it's all a live and learn experience I guess.Thank goodness for BYC.
     

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