How old do cornish rocks need to be to butcher

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by OSUman, May 3, 2009.

  1. OSUman

    OSUman GO BUCKS

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    Well the subject poses the question i decided that since i got chickens i might as well get some for meat and heard about these i got 4 at TSC and one died and i was wondering how big / what they look like when they are ready to get processed im new to this if anyone has pictures of their chickens before they butchered them please post them
     
  2. danielbrown

    danielbrown Chillin' With My Peeps

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    feed 12hrs on 12hrs off(night) after week 2 so they don't over eat.
    I think they will be about 70% of there live weight after processing.
    process earlier for fryers and later for roasters.
     
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  3. OSUman

    OSUman GO BUCKS

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    these are mine
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  4. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I'd wait a few weeks. Butcher them at 6 weeks if you want fryers, otherwise wait till their 8 weeks old.
     
  5. ArizonaNessa

    ArizonaNessa Joyfully Addicted

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    I agree 8 weeks. I was told once that if you let them get over 12 weeks old their legs will buckle at the knees under their own weight. Then you are left with a nice fat fluffy doorstop. Poor critters.
     
  6. jamieneenah

    jamieneenah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I've not been withholding food yet because I have several ages mixed. How do I know if they overeat and what happens?
    Jamie
     
  7. danielbrown

    danielbrown Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:If they over eat they out grow there legs and/or organs.
    If they out grow there legs they can't walk and have to be culled.
    If they out grow there organs they die.
    sometimes they just flop over dead anyway.
     
  8. OSUman

    OSUman GO BUCKS

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    i had one that just floped over dead
     
  9. luvbeagles

    luvbeagles Out Of The Brooder

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    We are raising our first cornish rocks. Sunday my husband killed the first - at 6 weeks of age. However, the meat was very tough. Any ideas? Thanks!
     
  10. cassie

    cassie Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Did you let them sit in the fridge loosely covered a couple days before you cooked or froze them? If you didn't, that may be the problem. We are butchering ours at 12 weeks and they are as tender and juicy as they can be. We stuff and roast ours. Yummm.
     

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