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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by aafairchild, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. aafairchild

    aafairchild Chirping

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    Hi All,

    I have an excess of roosters. ! australorp and 2 EE's that will be making their way to freezer camp. What is a good age to process them? I would like to maximize size, but also manage any behavioral issues that may arise from having 5 roosters with only 14 hens. I also don't want to keep feeding them for too long after they reach adult size.


    Thanks
    Alice
     

  2. AlienChick

    AlienChick Songster

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    Most folks process their barnyard birds at around 18 weeks.
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Yep, 18-20 weeks is generally considered the tipping point between gaining weight and then costing more to feed to maintain that weight.
     

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