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What age to butcher heritage breeds for meat

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Windy Bay Farm, Aug 24, 2014.

  1. Windy Bay Farm

    Windy Bay Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a few roosters that I need to get rid of before winter. Currently they are about 12-13 weeks old. The breeds I have include: Silver Laced Wyandottes, Buff Orps and Black Australorp. At what age can I butcher for meat ? I was once told around 18-20 weeks but am wondering what experience you folks have... Any input will be appreciated.
     
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    You can butcher them at any age, but you will be more satisfied with the amount of meat when they are at least 18-20 weeks old.
     
  3. Windy Bay Farm

    Windy Bay Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the info, Bantam Lover !
     

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