Welsummers for meat?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by SANDSZOO, Jul 29, 2011.


    SANDSZOO Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 1, 2010
    I have 2 Welsummer roos I do not wish to keep. How old should they be for maximum weight and good meat?
  2. AlbionWood

    AlbionWood Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 24, 2010
    Albion, California
    In general, DP cockerels need to be at least 4 months, and generally closer to 6 months to get meaty. Then their growth slows and the meat gets stronger flavored and tougher, but remains excellent for stewing up to about a year or even longer (Coq au Vin). Older cocks make fantastic stock. Younger than 4 months will make good frying chicken but you won't get much meat off them.

    I had a Wellie roo that we kept with the flock, but he died unexpectedly at about one year old. Made a delicious stew, amazingly concentrated flavor.

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