newbie question, rooster or hen for meat?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by unclejohn, Mar 4, 2014.

  1. unclejohn

    unclejohn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2014
    This year will be my first year raising chickens. Locally there are only two breeds I can choose from when getting chicks, grazers and cornish. I am going with the cornish. Am hoping to raise 50 or so birds. - that is the site I'm ordering from.

    Anyways my question is, which are raised for meat? the Hens or the Roosters? I'm assuming hens? what if i just ordered 50 mixed?
  2. CatalanState

    CatalanState Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 19, 2014
    Next State in Europe
    The difference between rooster and hen is that the roo grows faster.
  3. chefchick

    chefchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 2, 2011
    The boys are much bigger at processing time. I try to get all males, but have gotten a few girls too in my mix when I got them from tractor supply. They are all delicious. I didn't notice any difference in the meat.
  4. DaveOmak

    DaveOmak Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 18, 2013
    Omak, Washington
    My Coop
    At what age do you butcher ?? Or go by weight.... When I raised rabbits, I butchered when they started eating too much food.... generally at 7 weeks....
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2014

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