Raising Roosters to Butcher

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Thedukelife, Nov 10, 2016.

  1. Thedukelife

    Thedukelife Out Of The Brooder

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    Does anyone know an organic way to feed roosters to bulk them up before butchering?
     
  2. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    Well, I just butchered 2 dual purpose breed roosters that were 35 weeks old, together the two of them weighed just short of five pounds:/. I fed them soy free, non GMO feed for their whole life, and they had access to fresh grass the whole time. Feed yours free choice to hopefully fatten them up a bit.
     
  3. Thedukelife

    Thedukelife Out Of The Brooder

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    What type of chickens ere they? Like what breed?
     
  4. Thedukelife

    Thedukelife Out Of The Brooder

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    Cause in the past I have butchered roosters and I think one of them was less than two years old and weighed about 5 pounds himself
     
  5. speedy2020

    speedy2020 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you are going to raise rooster to butch, my recommend start a flock of Bresse. You just feed them like other breed of the chicken. The cost is the same and taste great.
     
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  6. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Chillin' With My Peeps

    I process mine at about 5 months and they're usually 3-4 pounds and delicious!! Their breasts tend to be smaller than meat birds like Cornishx, but they have great dark meat and they're healthy and active until their last day. I just feed about 21% protein non-GMO feed plus treats like BOSS, probiotics, veggie scraps, and they forage in their tractor (moved every couple of days). My cockerels are barnyard mixes I hatch myself, and are usually New Hampshire or Rhode Island Red, Black Australorp, Gold or Silver Laced Wyandotte.
     
  7. Thedukelife

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    Awesome! Thanks FoodFreedomNow
     

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