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Welsummers for meat?

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

  1. SANDSZOO

    SANDSZOO Out Of The Brooder

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    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

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    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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