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Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by lakeshorenc, May 17, 2009.

  1. lakeshorenc

    lakeshorenc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 14, 2009
    Lake Waccamaw NC
    What is the earliest you can butcher a chicken? I have a verity of 6 week old chicks that are bigger than quail. They are BSL, GSL and RIR's. Is there much meat on a 6-7 week old chick? I wouldn't butcher but a few and keep the others till they were 16 weeks. Right now I just have too many and either need to get rid of a few or butcher some.
    Last edited: May 17, 2009
  2. loverOFchickens

    loverOFchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2009
    The norm is 6 months for fast growing breeds.

    You won't get much meat otherwise.

    You could try to sell them??
    I don't think you will get enough for one meal.
  3. saddina

    saddina Internally Deranged

    May 2, 2009
    Desert, CA
    The answer is are they big enough for you? You can butcher young and eat them, it's not like picking an unripe tomato. Just think of it like quail, it'll take more than 1 to make a meal. If you can pick out roos, eat those first.

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