Mix Breeds -When to Process?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by BradyMSU, May 9, 2008.

  1. BradyMSU

    BradyMSU In the Brooder

    Apr 10, 2008
    Marshall, Michigan
    I bought 18 chicks this spring with the intent of keep six hens for layers and processing the other dozen for freezer chickens. These are not the standard meat type chickens like Cornish Rocks but instead a mix of cockerels and pullets of various breeds such as Barred Rock, New Hampshire Red, EEs, Cochins, etc. I have read a number of different opinions on when to have them butchered, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, 14 weeks, etc. What's average/ideal? Also, my local mill has someone who will process them for $1.75/bird. Is this a fair price?
  2. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    It costs me roughly $7 to get birds processed where I live. So that's a good price.

    You are looking at 15+ weeks on the cockrels. It's not a matter of age, but weight. Get them on a broiler ration ASAP or it could take even longer. I'd say monitor their weight and when the heaviest is 6-7 lbs process them.

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