Simple question

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by yotetrapper, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Songster

    May 3, 2007
    North Central MS
    I'm planning on butchering my extra roos... but they're not growing very fast. I have mutts, and bantams, and standard cochins and orps, marans, all sorts of birds. The standard and bantam cochins are my oldest at 12 weeks, but they aint but half grown, big chicks, so how do I determine when to butcher?
  2. brooster

    brooster Songster

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    just wait until they get to about 6 lbs, then you will have fryers, bantys, get rid of them now, dont waste feed on them, well i wouldnt, but if want them to get big, its up to you.
  3. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Songster

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    You don't want to wait any longer than 15 weeks to butcher, after that the meat gets tough.
  4. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Songster

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    I processed a bantam rooster, we skinned him and he made the best soup. Plenty of meat for a big stock pot of soup.

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