do RIR's make good meat birds?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by tcal, Jan 3, 2009.

  1. tcal

    tcal Songster

    Dec 31, 2008
    Sweet Home Alabama
    Do RIR's make good meat birds? I just got a roo to start raising chicks and I'm wondering if the males will make good eaters.
  2. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    Yorkshire, Ohio
    I have some RIR eggs in the bator right and am planning on culling the roos. I have been told they are very good to eat. They don't get as large as some meat birds, but if you're not buying the chicks, the meat is less expensive.
  3. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    You may end up with a 3 pound dressed bird at 16 weeks. Economically
    true meat birds will be much cheaper because of the feed to meat
    ratio. This can be offet a lot if you free range them.

    We have eaten a bunch of our extra RIR roos. They make good soup
    birds and fryers. People ate dual purpose birds for a long time before
    the meat bird came along.

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