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What age to kill Barred Rocks?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by GimmeCake, Jul 28, 2013.

  1. GimmeCake

    GimmeCake Songster

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    I got this evil Barred Rock Pullet that's about 8 weeks old now and I decided she's going to be of more use just by eating her. Anyway, at what age should I cook her? Also, how much meat do you think I can get out of a barred rock? Thanks!
     

  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    First, as a pullet, she'll have less meat than a male and since you don't say if she is hatchery stock, we'll assume she is. Meat? Not so much. Dressed and laying on a plate, you'd probably be really disappointed to see it'd look nothing like what you'd see under plastic at a store.

    That said, it is going to take many more weeks to bring her up to a respectable "fryer" size. If you are determined to cull her for food, I'd take her while she's still tender. Shoot for 18-20 weeks or just a bit less. May 2 lbs. dressed meat.
     
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2013
  3. lizanne

    lizanne Songster

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    At 8 weeks she'll be tiny!! I just had my dad process 6 - 8 week old roo's for me (they all started crowing and I can't have roosters). They were real little, but they still have enough meat to make it worth eating. What does she do that's "evil"?
     
  4. mstricer

    mstricer Crowing

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    Start holding her, my BR are not friendly, but lay big eggs.
     
  5. cestial225

    cestial225 Chirping

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    My barred rocks became a lot more friendly once they reached laying age. I was really surprised at how much they calmed down.
     
  6. GimmeCake

    GimmeCake Songster

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    I know they calm down but this pullet is very annoying. She ran out when I was fixing the coop door, which took a bit to catch her. She also makes lots of noises when I'm around. And she also likes to put her face in front of me. I just don't like her. Anyway, thanks for the suggestions. I'd say maybe at laying age is when she's ready. Maybe a small chicken but I've had small ones from the store, it's enough to make a few meals.
     
  7. mstricer

    mstricer Crowing

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    Mine are the flightiest birds I have, only one is friendly
     

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