do you go by age or weight?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by McEgg, Aug 28, 2008.

  1. McEgg

    McEgg In the Brooder

    Aug 27, 2007
    Guthrie, Ok
    when you butcher your roos (RIR) do you go by weight of the bird or the age?? We are fixin to get rid of about six tomorrow, because we forgot to cut off the feed yesterday. That are pretty big but not sure if we should wait.
  2. sussexgal

    sussexgal Songster

    Excellent question - I would like to know too....
  3. sandspoultry

    sandspoultry Everybody loves a Turkey

    Feb 10, 2008
    Eastern NC
    We go by size more than anything, how well filled out they are in the legs and breast area.

    Steve in NC
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I go by age/tolerance of their presence. If you want a double breasted 6 lb RIR... you'll be waiting for nearly a year and have 4 lbs of tough meat to chew on and they'll start spending their energy fighting with each other and going after hens.

    I usually just go 12-16 weeks old or so regardless as they don't grow like meat birds and that's the age they start to show interest in girls.
  5. scooter147

    scooter147 Songster

    Jul 30, 2008
    I agree with silkiechicken, what you will get in meat return for the feed you will put in them past 15-16 weeks isn't worth it.
  6. sussexgal

    sussexgal Songster

    Thank You Silkie and Scooter.... I've been debating about doing my 16 week olds or waiting. So.... the jig is up for the young roos!
  7. McEgg

    McEgg In the Brooder

    Aug 27, 2007
    Guthrie, Ok
    thanks alot. looks like we got stuff to do this weekend.
  8. ams3651

    ams3651 Songster

    Jan 23, 2008
    NE PA
    me too [​IMG] i was wondering the same thing. I guess my sons friend will get his wish, he wants one. I cant eat them, they have too much personality. I didnt name them and tried not to get attached but I just couldnt.

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