1. Come check out hundreds of awesome coop pages (and a few that need suggestions) in our 2018 Coop Rating Project!

Live vs. butchered weight? How much?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by maggiemooscluckers, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. I have been weighing my cornish slow broilers weekly and am getting anxious to get started with the butchering. What is the average difference between the live weight versus the butchered weight. If I let the roosters get to 7lbs live can I expect to have a 4.5 to 5 lb freezer bird?
     

  2. math ace

    math ace Crowing

    6,676
    69
    273
    Dec 17, 2009
    Jacksonville, FL
    bump, I would love to see a response [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  3. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Songster

    2,194
    32
    211
    Oct 1, 2008
    Yorkshire, Ohio
    You lose about a third of the live weight. A chicken that weighs 6 pounds alive should dress out about 4 pounds.
     
  4. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    5,146
    12
    251
    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    yes .25 to .33%
     
  5. noahsark

    noahsark In the Brooder

    88
    0
    39
    Aug 8, 2010
    Klamath Falls, Oregon
    Wouldnt you think "dressed" weight would mean weight fully clothed...and naked weigh would be the processed wieght? LOL!!
     
  6. Thanks for the replies. I kinda thought that a 7-71/2 lb bird would probably give me a good sized camper for the freezer. I don't need them to be humongous since I only feed the Mr. and myself. Thanks again and I'll let you know how the butchering goes.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by