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Help w/ deciding when to butcher extra roosters(I hatch)

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Thedukelife, Apr 30, 2017.

  1. Thedukelife

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    Hi, i hatch chicks. Often times towards the end of the chicks i straight run and sell, they become the age where you can sex them. As you know, not as many people are interested in roosters, so i end up with extra roosters. I have Black and Blue Copper Maran, Plymouth Barred Rock, Buff Orpington and then we have specialty breeds, but we usually sell out of those within a few days. Right now i have 4 PBR Roos that are 5 weeks old, and 2 BO roosters that are the same age. We also have 8 BCM Roosters that are gorgeous, however they are 13 weeks old and we plan on butchering if they dont sell by the right age. So when do you think is the most optimal time to butcher? We do all natural, organic, gmo-free and no medication or vaccines.
     
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    These are pics of the BCM Roosters.
     
  4. Egghead_Jr

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    What did you mix in to get blue Black Copper Marans?

    You know from the other thread 14 weeks is my prime age for butchering cockerels. Some wait 15 weeks and still use as broilers but my preference is 14 for the cut off and if you've faster maturing strain then even 13 weeks would be advantageous for tender meat. If you know how and like to fry chicken you could basically cull a few for grilling at 14 weeks then cull one or so a week for frying up to 18 weeks of age then have a few left for roasting there after.

    To be clear, dual purpose birds' age are denoted by the cooking method you can use. A broiler can be cooked any method, fryers can not be broiled and roasters can not be broiled or fried. Stew birds are exactly what they sound like. All supermarket birds are broilers, they will use the term roaster for large birds but in reality those are still only 10-12 weeks of age so can be broiled. The meat industries CornishX will never be butchered at an age that's unappropriate for broiling- they grow very fast. When talking about dual purpose birds like your grandparents and great grandparents used they were sold at markets by age and that was by the current method needed to cook. If you broiled a roaster it would be very tough and that was common knowledge back in the day.
     
  5. Thedukelife

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    Thank you for the information! And it was a blue copper Marans rooster over black and blue copper Marans.
     

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