Is there a chart with optimum age/weight to process DP birds?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by MoriahQuilts, Jul 8, 2011.

  1. MoriahQuilts

    MoriahQuilts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When purchasing layers I chose DP breeds. Of course some turned out to be roos. I need to know when to process the different breeds, or when they stop gaining weight and quality of meat declines. Buff Orp, Wyandotte, Australorp, Faverolles, Marans.
     
  2. booker81

    booker81 Redneck Tech Girl

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    The beauty of DP birds is that there is no "expiration date" for them - you can process early or late, and your window of opportunity runs about 15 weeks to 2 years+ depending on what you are looking for.

    This is an excellent PDF of the true ranges and types for DP birds, including the differences in cooking for each age/size [​IMG]

    http://www.albc-usa.org/documents/cookingwheritagechicken.pdf

    I've personally eaten DP between 15 weeks and 2 years old, and each was delicious when cooked the appropriate way for it's class [​IMG]
     
  3. MoriahQuilts

    MoriahQuilts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for the information - its very helpful!
     

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