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

    May 11, 2010
    Northern Colorado
    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

    Mar 13, 2010
    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)
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2010

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