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I have Barred Rocks, when can I Butcher the Extra Roos?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Blueicebird, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. Blueicebird

    Blueicebird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am first time owner of chickens, and with a straight run I ended up with 5 Roos outta 7 chicks. -.-
    4 outta the 5 roos are destined for the cooking pot, I just wonder how old or how much they should weigh before the deed is done? They were born around mid March, and are starting to be pains in the neck with picking on my new girls.
     
  2. Gallusfarm

    Gallusfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    16 weeks is recommended - and that's where you are. You could go a few more weeks but if they are a nusiance go ahead and do it... They might feel light to you, but once you cook them down there will be more meat than you might have thought. Good luck.
     
  3. Blueicebird

    Blueicebird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! I feel awful about it, but what am I going to do with all those boys. lol I will set it up to have them taken care of in the next week or so then.
     
  4. Gallusfarm

    Gallusfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't feel awful. You've given them a good life.
     
  5. Larkin

    Larkin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I agree! I think we all roll the dice when it comes to mother nature. Sometimes we are lucky and it turns out the way we hoped for. Other times, well you know....
     
  6. Blueicebird

    Blueicebird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for making me feel better [​IMG]
     
  7. Poppafrog

    Poppafrog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know how you feel. Out of 13 RIR I got 7 roos! [​IMG]
     
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  8. jimmythechicken

    jimmythechicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    we got 18 roos out of 22 black orp chicks lol thank god we did not pay anything for them guess now we know why lol we got them as week olds an they are about 5 weeks now guess my freezer will be full this fall.
     
  9. Chick15

    Chick15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We got 5 roos out of 16.. but we are not lucky.... we only wanted at max 8 hens and were going to kill and eat the roos, but now we only have 5 and we have to give away some hens as we cannot keep 11... grrr
     
  10. Nimby Chickens

    Nimby Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Why give them away? Sell them! [​IMG]
     

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