How old to butcher Roosters?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by BlackAce, Nov 29, 2013.

  1. BlackAce

    BlackAce Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2013
    I have two Roosters that I have been thinking about butchering. How long before they are full grown and are adult Roosters? How old before they should be butchered? I'm not sure of the breed. When I got the eggs I was told they were Rhode Island Whites but everyone here says they are not and are either Amber Link or Red Sex-Link roosters. Right now they are about 6 months old and really big. Whats the general rule of thumb for butchering chickens when it comes to age?
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2013
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    General rule for dual purpose roosters is around 20 weeks. You're at prime butchering age, from this point on they really don't gain any more weight compared to the feed they eat to maintain themselves. Dispatch them asap.

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