Do meat cockerels start to crow before you butcher them?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Shrader, Jun 6, 2008.

  1. Shrader

    Shrader Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm considering falling in line behind dangerouschicken and buying a few meat birds.
    I've never even considered this option, but I am also trying to "live off the land," so it seems like a good bet.
    Are most meat birds cockerels? Is there a difference in taste with the pullets?
    I technically can't have roosters in my neighborhood.
    Will they start crowing before it's time for the axe?
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    If you are growing out the cornish cross they are ready at 8 - 10 weeks (dependson males or females). The ones I raised where all males and never crowed. They were sweet boys and clucked and bokked.
     
  3. Jacky'sMamma

    Jacky'sMamma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I, too am interested in trying meat birds. I have found out that the Cornish X begin to crow @ 6 months or so... since they are ready to butcher between 8-11 weeks this is a non-issue! [​IMG]


    I also live in town (for now, hee hee!) [​IMG]
     
  4. FutureChickenMan

    FutureChickenMan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine had a hot date with the cleaver before they were old enough to crow about it.
     
  5. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

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    Good for you, Shrader! [​IMG] You grow yourself some food!

    Here is a baby pic of my meat birds. They sure are messy!

    [​IMG]
     
  6. Shrader

    Shrader Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great pic DC!
    Are you ready to butcher them yourself?
    Do you have the equipment? The space? The stomach for it?
    (Not sure I'm ready with the latter -- but I'm thinking about it seriously.)
     
  7. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

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    You should read the latest post on my blog (see my website link). It is all about my first time slaughtering my own chook.

    Remember, it is a learning experience. It may be freaky the first few times (it was for my husband), but you WILL find your chicken slaughtering groove [​IMG] Always keep in mind that they have been raised humanely, and that their butchering is their destiny. You are the owner and you decide their fate. If you didn't feed them, they would die. BUT you choose to take good care of them, so you have earned the right to EAT them and ENJOY them.

    CONGRATS on your decision.
     
  8. minifarmer

    minifarmer Out Of The Brooder

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    This is my second time raising cornish and there was some serious crowing in both batches. They kinda' sound pitiful, like they don't quite know what they are doing, and my neighbors (less than 20 feet away from the garage I had the first batch in) never heard them. You should be okay! Even the batch I have now, on pasture at my new place, can't compete with the heritage breed cockerels that are in the barn (3 monthes old). Mine meat bitrds are just about ready to butcher (they are 6-7 weeks old). Hope this helps!
     
  9. Southerngirl

    Southerngirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are 9 weeks old and some are crowing. They will meet the great frying pan Monday afternoon. This is our first batch of Cornish X's to raise. This fall I want to try the red and black broilers from Ideal to see how they compare. They are HUGE !!!:eek:
     
  10. AussieSharon

    AussieSharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my 9 week olds crowed today for the first time. He was supposed to be processed this morning but we woke up to no power and no water. Needless to say he got an extra day.
     

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