1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    Not a member yet? join BYC here & then introduce yourself in our community forum here.

Help with before-butcher feeding?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Indigosands, Jul 29, 2013.

  1. Indigosands

    Indigosands Songster

    494
    21
    113
    Apr 9, 2012
    Yucca Valley, CA
    My last batch of roosters tasted weird. They were fed turkey grower their whole life. But they had an odd..I would call it earthy taste to them. It wasn't covered by flavoring, it was that strong and unpleasant. Nothing like the batch we butchered last summer which was sweet and almost turkey-like. The only difference was that the bad-tasting ones were free ranged and had access to grasses. Would that do it? How can I feed these ones for sweeter meat, and how soon before butcher to make a difference in taste?
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: