Weight at Processing

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by SC-ChickMom, Dec 16, 2011.

  1. SC-ChickMom

    SC-ChickMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My CX will 6 weeks in 3 days. I weighed some today. They are 5.5-6 lbs. At what weight do you guys usually process? They look good. They still have good movement as they try to run in the yard. 7 Weeks will be Christmas Day and 8 weeks on New Years. Thinking of processing the week between. How does that sound?
     
  2. kizanne

    kizanne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From what I've read people try to achieve between 7-8 pounds because you lose about 30% to a dressed weight of about 5 lbs.
     
  3. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    8 weeks is pretty standard time to butcher. The week before they turn 8 weeks will work fine, especially if you have some time off work and it is convenient to do them then.

    They should put on a lot of size the last 2 weeks. They continue to grow a lot bigger after 8 weeks, but the feed conversion becomes slightly less amazing so that those additional pounds cost more.
     
  4. SowdersHomestead

    SowdersHomestead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ours was 8 - 9 lbs live weight and all dressed between 4.5 lbs and 5.25 lbs. We did have a couple 4 lbers. This was at 8 and a half weeks.
     
  5. SC-ChickMom

    SC-ChickMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think I may wait another week. Thanks.
     

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