How old?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by abhaya, Nov 27, 2010.

  1. abhaya

    abhaya Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 5, 2010
    cookeville, tn
    I am getting more chickens in spring. I am looking at meat birds. What is the best age to send them to freezer camp?
     
  2. eKo_birdies

    eKo_birdies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    depends on what specific kind of meat bird you get and how big you want it to get.

    most people harvest their cornish x around 8 weeks (some at 6, some around 10) and their freedom rangers at 12-14 weeks.
    those aren't the only 2 kinds of meat birds, just the 2 most talked about here.
     
  3. Lorije1

    Lorije1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think it is more by weight. Example - my Cornishx are 5 wks old and a couple of them weigh 4lbs. I will work on their feed to try to get them to 5-51/2 pretty quick so I can process at 6 weeks, and then another group should be that weight by 7wks. (figure to lose about 1 1/2 lbs of "scraps" at processing and I want mostly 4-5lbs of meat)
     
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