how old is too old to butcher?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by japrasz, Jun 27, 2007.

  1. japrasz

    japrasz In the Brooder

    Jun 24, 2007
    Hello, I have raised chicks for eggs, but recently got some freebies with an order of chicks. Turns out most are roos. I want to make use of them so I figure we would butcher them and use them for meat. They are 10 weeks old now. I am just starting to be able to tell if they are roos or hens. Is it too late to turn them into meat?
  2. Critter Crazy

    Critter Crazy Songster

    Apr 19, 2007
    Binghamton, NY
    I dont think 10 weeks is too old, but I guess it all depends on the breed. What breed/s will you be butchering??
  3. japrasz

    japrasz In the Brooder

    Jun 24, 2007
    Easter egg roos
  4. Critter Crazy

    Critter Crazy Songster

    Apr 19, 2007
    Binghamton, NY
    Ahhh....see I know nothing about EE's as far as using them for meat.
  5. Slim

    Slim In the Brooder

    Jun 16, 2007
    Portage Michigan
    Butcher now. They'll be smaller than a Cornish X but if you wait too long they'll get stringy for anything but stew/soup/dumplings etc.... If stew and dumplings is a good option, wait untill 14-16 weeks. But you'll want to stew them for a good 8 hours.

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  6. bodnarinq

    bodnarinq Hatching

    May 4, 2010
    HOw old is really too old to butcher Chickens or Ducks? My mom figured we'd eat them after they stop laying. Is this possible?
  7. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Crowing

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    They are never too old. You just need to change your cooking methods as they get older.
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  9. ForgottenGlen

    ForgottenGlen Chirping

    May 8, 2011
    Raeford, NC
    I have about 7 EE roos, they are about 6 or 7 months now, they are only good for stew meat? Should I even bother plucking them or just take the skin off? I have too many roosters!!! [​IMG]
  10. Judy

    Judy Crowing

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    At 6 or 7 months you will want to cook them slowly, whatever the method. Some of it is a matter of your preferences regarding "toothiness" of meat.

    I used to have a link, lost in my last computer crash, to a great article about cooking heritage chickens (EE's aren't exactly heritage, but the meat is the same.) My son roasts them on the BBQ, covered at low heat for a few hours, up to about 20 weeks. I hope someone comes along with that link.

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