International Black Copper Marans Thread - Breeding to the SOP

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Hi All, I’ve been a sometimes lurker on this thread but @jolenesdad in the meatbirds thread suggested I post here about some BCM meatbird questions. We have a BCM rooster and hen that my daughter bred with the intention of harvesting meatbirds in the fall. I’ve attached their pictures just for fun. We’ve just harvested one 4 month (18 wk) old BCM cockerel and he had nice legs, not a lot of breast, but that’s what we expected from the breed. 4 lb 2 oz dressed weight. However, he had so many pin feathers! We also harvested some 4 mo BCMx Ameraucana cockerels and pullets and they also had tons of pinfeathers. Since the birds are black feathered with pink skin, those pinfeathers really show. I’m wondering if you all have any insight as to ideal age to butcher BCM for meat? Thanks.
 

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Took a few quick pics of my youngest grow outs while doing my chores.

This cockerel has poor quality copper but he has a wide tail from the rear and a nice top line. Im keeping my eye on him. He may still be useful despite his grandsire's hackle. Or we may end up eating him.

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This cockerel is young and still pretty much black but has nice type and topline for this age.

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A nice pullet (back) that looks like she will have good type and topline. Then there is the dark eyed cockerel with a halo in front of her. He is a cull. The lighter colored birds in the pen are Games.

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Hi All, I’ve been a sometimes lurker on this thread but @jolenesdad in the meatbirds thread suggested I post here about some BCM meatbird questions. We have a BCM rooster and hen that my daughter bred with the intention of harvesting meatbirds in the fall. I’ve attached their pictures just for fun. We’ve just harvested one 4 month (18 wk) old BCM cockerel and he had nice legs, not a lot of breast, but that’s what we expected from the breed. 4 lb 2 oz dressed weight. However, he had so many pin feathers! We also harvested some 4 mo BCMx Ameraucana cockerels and pullets and they also had tons of pinfeathers. Since the birds are black feathered with pink skin, those pinfeathers really show. I’m wondering if you all have any insight as to ideal age to butcher BCM for meat? Thanks.

I dont know about anyone else but i try to butcher at around 16-20 weeks sometimes earlier, sometimes later. It depends on my situation. Im only butchering for home consumption.

I just resign myself to dark pin feathers on dark birds. I dont know of any way around that.
 

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Hi All, I’ve been a sometimes lurker on this thread but @jolenesdad in the meatbirds thread suggested I post here about some BCM meatbird questions. We have a BCM rooster and hen that my daughter bred with the intention of harvesting meatbirds in the fall. I’ve attached their pictures just for fun. We’ve just harvested one 4 month (18 wk) old BCM cockerel and he had nice legs, not a lot of breast, but that’s what we expected from the breed. 4 lb 2 oz dressed weight. However, he had so many pin feathers! We also harvested some 4 mo BCMx Ameraucana cockerels and pullets and they also had tons of pinfeathers. Since the birds are black feathered with pink skin, those pinfeathers really show. I’m wondering if you all have any insight as to ideal age to butcher BCM for meat? Thanks.
Pluckers really clean up the skin real good if you have one, but you will likely always see some dark pins. Luckily, once cooked you won't notice them. I like to butcher cockerels between 12 and 20 weeks, depending on if I'm wanting roasters or fryers, but my MIL complains about the roasters so I guess I need to butcher younger when possible right now. Older than that and I soup or coq a vin them.
 

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Pluckers really clean up the skin real good if you have one, but you will likely always see some dark pins. Luckily, once cooked you won't notice them. I like to butcher cockerels between 12 and 20 weeks, depending on if I'm wanting roasters or fryers, but my MIL complains about the roasters so I guess I need to butcher younger when possible right now. Older than that and I soup or coq a vin them.
Why does your mom complain about the roasters?
 

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