Eating Roosters

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by max13077, Aug 6, 2008.

  1. max13077

    max13077 Chillin' With My Peeps

    A friend and I have several 12-15 week old roo's that we do not plan on keeping. My friends mother says you can't eat roo's after a certain age. Being novices, we had never heard of it. Is this true? What age would be the best to cull them?
     
  2. Red Tie

    Red Tie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Generally speaking, around 18-22 weeks. They will not be broiler/roaster material but work as fryers or just general purpose "eating" chickens. Crock pots and pressure cookers are a older birds best friend. Make sure you are feeding them a high protein broiler feed so they get as much meat on them as possible. I have about 40 dual purpose roos that will be culled and pressure canned for quick chicken for casseroles, soup etc this winter.

    Jane
     
  3. fullhouse

    fullhouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We culled at 14-15 weeks. We had an older one (17 weeks), and he was a bit tougher. They were on 20% protein feed and free ranged, dressed between 2.5 and 3.5 pounds each. I was happy with them. Great grilled split in half.
     
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  4. nivtup

    nivtup Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    Shelton Washington
    We just culled 10 Roos at 17 weeks, dinner was very good last night.

    Crock Pot, 8-9 hours, very good, fell off the bones, tender, did I say it was good?

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  5. Nuggetsowner:)

    Nuggetsowner:) Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have also culled a rooster. He was about 19 weeks old. We ate him the next day! I had grilled him with a beer on a holder. I have not heard of the whole you can't eat a rooster that is .... old. I really don't think it would matter except maybe how you cook or prepare him. I hope this helps.
     
  6. momofchicks

    momofchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would do it now! We did ours at 15 weeks and just ate one of them tonight. My first time by the way and he was very tender. I cooked him whole in the roasting pan in the oven for 1 1/2 hours. He only weighed 3 1/4 pounds, but he was very very good.
     
  7. max13077

    max13077 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks everybody!
     

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