How long for rhode island red to make butchering size

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by boggsfarm, Jun 20, 2009.

  1. boggsfarm

    boggsfarm Hatching

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    I've read a lot of info that the cornish x are ready to butcher in 6 to 8 weeks, but can't find anywhere exactly how long it takes for rhode island red and other heritage breeds to reach butchering size. Can someone please tell me.

    Thanks!
     
  2. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Songster

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    Most people wait until 16-18 weeks for these breeds.
     
  3. boggsfarm

    boggsfarm Hatching

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    Thanks for the info!
     
  4. Bossroo

    Bossroo Songster

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    Way too LOOOOONNG and too expensive considering your time and hard work to get only a fraction of meat reward that you will get.
     
  5. dirtfishing1

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    Hello,

    I do all my excess males at about 12 weeks. If they get older they start disrupting the flock and treading the hens.
    If they exhibit this behavior sooner they go into the freezer sooner. Also if they get much past 15 weeks the meat starts to get tough on the males. Excess Females get sold off once they start laying larger eggs and bring about $8-$10 each.

    Regards,

    Dirt
     

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