What age to eat roosters?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Lagniappe Alpacas, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. Lagniappe Alpacas

    Lagniappe Alpacas Out Of The Brooder

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    I had 8 white leghorn roos added to my pullet order for packing peanuts. When will be the best age to eat them? They will be turning 9 weeks this week. Two of them have been crowing for a few weeks already and those are much bigger than the others. I know that leghorns are skinny birds, I have hens, so not expecting much meat, but do want to get the most from them.
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    My mother loved 14 week old Leghorn "fryers" as she called them. She didn't care that they only weighed 2 lbs, the taste of frying small framed Leghorns at that age was what she was after. I was no more than nine or ten and had to dispatch a hundred of them. That was my position of the family "assembly line". Catching with a fowler's hook and running the chopping block. I personally preferred a slower developing 16-18 week White Rock, weighing in at least a pound more. Each to their own.
     
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  4. Lagniappe Alpacas

    Lagniappe Alpacas Out Of The Brooder

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    Great article, thanks so much!
     

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