How long should I raise cross breeds?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by irf1983, Jul 23, 2010.

  1. irf1983

    irf1983 Songster

    May 7, 2009
    Brooksville, FL
    I have some houdan crosses that i need to get rid of so I thought i'd try to eat them. They are about 2 months old now. Has anyone had any experience with cross breeds? I think most of them are crossed with brahmas or rocks. How old should they be before I butcher them. Thanks!
  2. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

    Jul 17, 2009
    As soon as they start to crow [​IMG]

    I usually do it between 16 and 22 weeks. They aren't as meaty as they could be, but once they start getting annoying to the laides, they are OUT.
  3. pkw

    pkw Songster

    May 14, 2010
    North Edwards, CA
    I just killed off a 11 week old new hampshire roo that kept attacking me and he was always attacking the other chickens he was living with. I finally had enough of him and now he is no more. I have more than enough roosters to keep an aggressive one around. If you need to get rid of them right now then go ahead and do what you gotta do. I have been giving this roo a few weeks to get some meat on his bones and hoping he would stop being so aggressive. He had enough meat on him to make a nice dinner for me and my family.

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