How long until RIR chicks are market size

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by vmbwjhomestead, May 28, 2016.

  1. vmbwjhomestead

    vmbwjhomestead Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a RIR getting broody, sitting on about 6 eggs. After they hatch, I have facilities to raise them in until they are coop ready...but, how long until they are meat size? I'm thinking maybe 9 weeks?? I've only raised and acquired older chickens, starting at 12wks. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Most folks butcher a dual purpose breed like this around 18-22 weeks. That's when you get the most bang for your buck, so to speak. You can butcher earlier, of course, especially if they're becoming a pain to manage. You'll get a smaller, more tender bird. Some folks butcher at 13 ish weeks, not sure how large the carcass is but they've grilled those birds and had good results.
     
  3. vmbwjhomestead

    vmbwjhomestead Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you so much!!! I was having the hardest time finding any info on Google!!
     

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