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Percent of meat per bird???

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Chicken Slaver, Nov 28, 2015.

  1. Chicken Slaver

    Chicken Slaver Out Of The Brooder

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    What percentage of live weight is meat on a 3-yr old layer hen? In other words, if a person had 6lb layers that they wanted to bone-out to make sausage how much weight per bird in boned-out & skinned meat per bird?
     
  2. BBQJOE

    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm throwing a dart at the board here. But I'd bet a 6lb bird is going to clean out around 4 lbs.
    Let me go kill one of my chickens, I'll get back to you.
     
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  3. BBQJOE

    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

     
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  4. Free Feather

    Free Feather Chillin' With My Peeps

    The answer to your question can be found in Gail Damerow's Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens. I remember reading it in there. I would tell you, but I cannot seem to find the book... anyone else have it?
     
  5. Weehopper

    Weehopper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They said there would be no math.
     
  6. Chicken Slaver

    Chicken Slaver Out Of The Brooder

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  7. Kinger1979

    Kinger1979 New Egg

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    Live weight to dressed weight is roughly 73/75% in poultry.So if you have a 6 pound layer it should dress out at roughly 4 1/2 pound.Bear in mind dressed weight is a carcass with bones so the actual meat will be less again but hope this offers some idea .
     
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

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    I didn't weigh my birds at all, but I culled some cockerels that were a mostly Easter egger, some barred Rock, some Leghorn. Classic barnyard mixes with an emphasis on egg laying, not meat.

    the skinned carcasses looked like this...

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    then I put those in the pressure cooker, cooled and pulled the meat. Each carcass yielded about a quart bag of meat.

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    Now, these were males about 7 months old, so I'm thinking you'll get maybe 2/3 that amount of meat from a mature hen. So maybe a generous pint? around there. But the hen will have more fat for your sausage, that's a bonus. They usually have a nice fat pad at the base of the tail.
     
  9. BBQJOE

    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

    That meat is so dark. It looks like duck.
     
  10. donrae

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    I have folks comment on that a lot. I don't know if it's cause it's skinned, or what. They were birds who had had time to develop some good muscle mass and use their legs quite a bit, maybe that's the difference. [​IMG]. But it is moist and juicy and tender.
     

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