How soon can you butcher a rooster?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by hillbillygreen, Jul 15, 2008.

  1. hillbillygreen

    hillbillygreen In the Brooder

    Apr 22, 2008
    Central Illinois
    Hi, I have Easter Eggers (Auracana muts) born mid April. The roos are starting to bother the neighbors. I know they're not full grown, but they're going to have to go.

    What do you think? Too soon? Voice box removal surgery?

  2. Emzyyy

    Emzyyy Runs with Deer

    Jul 14, 2008
    Derby Kansas
    DON'T KILL THEMM!!! :[
  3. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    8-12 weeks should be a good age for freezer meat.
  4. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    go over and offer your neighbors some free meat or eggs [​IMG]
  5. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    The meat will be tender now. Much more than 14 weeks and they start to get tough.
  6. bizzeeb60

    bizzeeb60 In the Brooder

    Apr 8, 2008
    Frostproof, FL
    I just finally decided to butcher 3 of the four Roo's we had. They were starting to get a little "pecky" [​IMG] with the hens and with each other. They are OEG/wheaton Mix.

    They were about 5 1/2 months so I hope they don't end up Too tough. [​IMG] They only dressed out at about 2.5 pounds each.

    Sent hubby into the coop to capture them, didn't want the hens or Roo we are keeping to dislike me [​IMG]

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