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Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by sgarrison, Apr 14, 2009.
Anyone use RIR's for meat? I have an opportunity to get a bunch straight run....
My Grandma does, and I'm planning on it.
i've got some ordered as well.. but i have to say my current RIR layer is my favorite hen ever. so i need to make sure she doesnt get in the 'processing' line up when its time!
My RIR is definitly the best layer Ive ever seen, by far!
I couldnt imagine eating any of my chickens though.. lol
its not as bad as you think. we had rooster day not too long ago to get rid of 5 extra roosters. they were delicious - no crying and no nightmares. just good chicken and dumplins.
but just not Henrietta. Or Angel. Or Zippy. sigh. but i guess thats why they have meat chickens, right?
RIR are a deal when bought straight run. The hens are excellent layers and the roosters definitely make great meat birds !
Go for it !
are the hens good meat birds? about what age do you slaughter them?
There hasn't been much attention paid to size in the breeding of egg producers (except that smaller is generally better), so I would expect Rhode Island Red hens to be rather scrawny. I have butchered one RIR rooster and he didn't produce much meat, but obviously the sample size is rather small.
We just butchered 6 RIR roosters a few weeks ago...Didn't plan on it initially so we didnt feed them as if they were meat birds so there wasnt a ton of meat on them (dont know how big of a difference that would make)...almost needed 2 to feed my famliy of 5. However the one we ate was absolutely DELICIOUS!
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I just had some the other day. They were 5months old and allowed to roam free all day. Not bad, very tasty and meaty (if not compared to cornish x)