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Harvesting a Leghorn rooster

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ChrisGinn, Jul 16, 2016.

  1. ChrisGinn

    ChrisGinn New Egg

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    Is 12 weeks old too young to harvest a Leghorn rooster?
     
  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    I don't think so. But you know there's not going to be much meat on him, right? But leghorns never have much meat on them, and I don't know that you'll gain much more if you wait longer.
     
  3. donrae

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    Agree there won't be much meat, but there won't be much more if you wait another two months, either. He'll be a great little fryer or on the grill, though.
     
  4. ChrisGinn

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    I understand that there won't be much meat, but we really only want one rooster (especially with ratios of rooster to hen). Figured we would keep the rhode island red rooster over the leghorn. We have plymouth rocks and rhode island red hens. The rooster is our only leghorn.
     
  5. Outpost JWB

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    Welcome to BYC!:D
     
  6. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    That sounds like a good choice.
     
  7. donrae

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    I agree, he would be the one to go were it my flock. As to when, it just depends on how annoying he is and how soon you want to be rid of him.
     
  8. amynrichie

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    I would also factor in the temperament of each rooster. You may need to wait a few weeks to decide.
     
  9. ChrisGinn

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    Good points to consider. Thank you all!
     
  10. waddles99

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    I have always heard 5 months to butcher....i have a cockerel about his age and he wouldn't offer much meat at all.
     

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