Delawares time to maturity for butchering

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by solas4me, Mar 22, 2012.

  1. solas4me

    solas4me New Egg

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    Everyone,
    We are about to receive our first Delawares. We are growing them for butchering and would like to know how long it takes to feed them out to butchering size. We have had Cornish X in the past (won't do that again) we are trying to stay with Heritage Breeds for all our animals (Meat chickens, Layers, Sheep, Rabbits, etc.).


    Any information would be helpful.


    Thanks,
    Justin
    Delphi, IN
     
  2. hydroswiftrob

    hydroswiftrob Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Curiosity killed the cat. Why not do Cornish anymore?
     
  3. solas4me

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    They grew too fast, seemed to have problems related to the fast development....
     
  4. bookerdog

    bookerdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I rasied my last year to 15 weeks. They were free range mostly and the last two weeks were fed free choice.
     
  5. Buster52

    Buster52 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    18 to 24 weeks, if I want decent size.
     
  6. solas4me

    solas4me New Egg

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    Thanks for the information!


    Justin
     
  7. bookerdog

    bookerdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Woops I checked my records and they were 15 weeks free range and 3 weeks put up and free choic feed. So 18 weeks sorry about that
     
  8. solas4me

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    Thanks!
     
  9. SIMZ

    SIMZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have some Delawares coming next month to try out for meat. How did yours do at 18 weeks? Were you happy with them?

    Thanks!
     
  10. bookerdog

    bookerdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They were nice at 18 weeks. I think it was pretty important to give them that free choice feed at the end.
     

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