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Sussex for meat birds

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by kada6305, Aug 9, 2014.

  1. kada6305

    kada6305 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a Speckled Sussex Rooster, hen, 3 red sex link hens, 3 white leg horns. I know the leghorns wont make very good meat birds. I currently have Speckled Sussex, and red sex-link/ Sussex cross eggs in the incubator. At what age should I butcher the Sussex for meat? Would the Sussex/ sex link crosses make okay meat birds? We are a family of 2 so don't need a lot of weight on them.
     
  2. Y N dottes

    Y N dottes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sussex are a dual purpose bird, so they will have some meat on them when grown. I would butcher them when I felt they were big enough to be worth it, so close to full grown. probably around 16-18 weeks. if u don't want to wait that long they will probably be big enough by 14 weeks to get some meat from them
     
  3. kada6305

    kada6305 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, Thank you. I know the commercial meat birds were around 9 weeks. My husband thinks we could do the SS at 9 weeks too, but I didn't think so since they are a dual purpose. We are looking to replace our rooster as he has become mean so he will probobally be a stew for our dogs (he's a year and a half) Would it be okay to breed our hen to her son if she produces a rooster? I'm not sure how line breeding works.
     
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    Y N dottes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yeah, I don't really know how the breeding thing works either
     

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