Processing age

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by tim1970, Apr 15, 2008.

  1. tim1970

    tim1970 In the Brooder

    Aug 23, 2007
    I am getting 70 birds this week. (Cornish X) I had figured I would take them all in at 8 weeks to be processed. However, If i want some fryer size, Do I need to plan on taking them in sooner?
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    70! Thats ALOT!

    You can do half at 7 weeks and half at 8. What weight is fryer size? The hens will be smaller than the males at the same age, but all pretty fat.
  3. tim1970

    tim1970 In the Brooder

    Aug 23, 2007
    Quote:I guess that is the question I am asking. I would like to be able to fry some of the chicken, and wasn't sure what the best size was. I know if they get too big they do not fry well.

  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    I may be wrong but I think fryer weight is 3.5 - 4 lbs.
  5. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    3-4 lb live weight is a fryer. I usually process my birds when the largest one hits 10 lbs live weight, yieling a 6 lb dressed bird.
  6. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    to get fryers you need to butcher at 6 to 7 weeks.ive got friends that grow comm they only keep them 7wks.

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