Dorkings for meat ?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by OutRun, Dec 12, 2013.

  1. OutRun

    OutRun Out Of The Brooder

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    I have had Dorking hens for 2 years and love all the eggs - I now want to buy some for meat. I really love Dorkings but they grow slowly. Would I wait to butcher them until about 16 weeks or would they be too tough? Does anyone here raise Dorkings for meat?

    Thanks,

    Dave S
    Claremore, OK
     
  2. BCMaraniac

    BCMaraniac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't, but here is a thread in which Dorkings are discussed toward the end:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/839670/pros-and-cons-breed-choice/60

    Perhaps you can discuss this with them there.
     
  3. OutRun

    OutRun Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you
     
  4. LilyD

    LilyD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have Dorkings and I process them anytime between 20 to 24 weeks. So far haven't had a tough bird in the bunch. You could process them at 16 weeks but I gave them the extra 4 weeks to fill out a bit more. They definitely fill out faster than my other birds do.
     

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