how old should orp roos be when you slaughter them

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by jimmythechicken, Nov 1, 2010.

  1. jimmythechicken

    jimmythechicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 8, 2010
    i have 9 orp roos i am going to slaughter they are around 6 weeks old now an i was woundering when i should slaughter them.thanks jim
  2. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2009
    College Station, Tx
    Depends on how much flavor you want your meat to have and how big you want to let them get. 16 weeks is fairly standard.
  3. bwmichaud

    bwmichaud Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2010
    I just did a couple buff orpingtons a few weeks ago. They were at around 18 weeks and weighed 3.5 pounds and 3.75 pounds or so, without neck and giblets.

  4. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    If you have the space - I put my grow out cockerels in their own pen at about 12 weeks of age or so. Then I like to let them grow until 5 to 6 months of age. Being a heritage breed - their skeleton/boney frame grows first – then they start to fill out with muscle.

    At 5 months my Orp cockerels – processed are approx. 5 pounds. If you can wait longer, there will be more muscle and the muscle will have more flavor due to age.

    Great article that talks about the age and cooking of the Heritage chicken.
  5. Popsy

    Popsy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 13, 2010
    Raymond, CA
    I had my Orpington roos butchered at 6.5 months this year and they averaged 4 pounds.
  6. schmism

    schmism Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 16, 2007
    Peoria IL
    we just got done with a set of large breed roos

    we did the buff orps first at 17 weeks because they "looked" bigger. processed weight in the bag as 3.5 lbs

    we waited another 2 weeks and did the rest of the roos (mostly barred rocks) and they had added a half a pound on avg.
  7. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2010
    Missouri Ozarks
    16 - 26 weeks is generally best for dual-purpose breed roos.

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