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 Songster

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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 Crowing

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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

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    Thanks for the info, Bantam Lover !
     

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