Fattening my Extra's

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by wohneli, Oct 17, 2008.

  1. wohneli

    wohneli Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First, let me say that I am a rookie.
    I have 3 BR roo's that came as extras when I ordered my girls from the hatchery. They are a 13 weeks now and I was wondering:
    1- Are they to old to be good to eat?
    2- If they will be good to eat, can I maximize their size in a relatively short period?
    Thaks in advance for any advice.
    W
     
  2. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

    Apr 3, 2008
    Axton, VA
    I would just go ahead and butcher them and have a great dinner. Good age to do so. I don't think you can fatten them up in a short period of time since they are not breed to grow fast like cornish X's are.
     
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  3. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    i dont think you can get them bigger, unless you wait,,, my last eaten roo was 9 months old,, and he was GREAT!
     
  4. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    The average age to butcher is 15 weeks. So you have a few more weeks to let them get nice and plump.
     
  5. wohneli

    wohneli Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks all,
    I think that I'm gonna isolate them in the smaller cage and up their protein for a week or so and then eat 'em.
     
  6. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

    Apr 3, 2008
    Axton, VA
    Quote:Sound as if maybe you can put an extra pound on them. Are you going to feed them 24/7 to accomplish this?
     
  7. wohneli

    wohneli Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I can keep up with their appetitie (sp?).
     
  8. wohneli

    wohneli Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am feeding them (the Roo's) the normal food I make (oats, bird seed, corn meal) and boiled chicken liver and gizzards. THink this will be ok?
     
  9. wohneli

    wohneli Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The diet I gave them did a nice job - they all grew a bunch. Killed, plucked and butchered my first chickens today. I think I can do it again - maybe try some meat birds next time.
    S
     
  10. becky3086

    becky3086 Crested Crazy

    Oct 14, 2008
    Thomson, GA
    Oats, bird seed and corn meal, sounds intersting but I wonder if it wasn't cheaper just to buy chicken feed?
     

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