Is it ok to wait till 12 weeks to do Cornish Cross?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Buzymomibe, Jun 21, 2008.

  1. Buzymomibe

    Buzymomibe Hatching

    Jun 21, 2008
    We have 9 x-cross that are coming up on 10 weeks. Due to some unexpected issues I won't be able to process them for like 2 weeks. Will it be ok to wait till 12 weeks or will that make then too old and they turn out tough?

    Thanks in advance,

  2. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    They will be very large. Very very large.

    But they shouldn't be 'tough'. 'Tough' is a rather loaded term and means a lot of different things to different people.
  3. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Songster

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    You might lose a few to heart attacks but they should be ok. They'll be very large. I wouldn't go over 12 weeks though.
  4. minifarmer

    minifarmer In the Brooder

    Jun 6, 2008
    warren county, ohio
    My cornish crosses are 10 weeks old right now. I just butchered my first male, not my biggest one, mind you, just my slowest one! (I have them in a 20' x 20' area, with electonet fencing, that I move every 2 days.) With neck and giblets removed (saved, but not weighed with the carcass) he is exactly 10 if your birds gain like mine did, figure 10+ pounds for the boys, and maybe 8 for the girls.
    The last time I raised them I butchered at 6 weeks and they were 3.5 to nine pounds (neck and giblets weighed with birds). Good luck!
    I let them go this long because they're still VERY mobile! I kind of want to see how big they can get!

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