WHAT DO FEED ROOSTERS TO FATTEN THEM UP TO BUTCHER?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chickenchickenbulkbulk, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. chickenchickenbulkbulk

    chickenchickenbulkbulk Songster

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    We have 20 roos that we need to butcher or sell. They range from 4 months to almost a year. They need more meat on them before we butcher. What is recommended to put more meat on them. We keep them cooped up.
     

  2. mirecipes

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    For meat/muscle try protein..For fat..try scratch/corn
     
  3. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    Quote:I use both at the same time that way the meat is well muscled and good enough fat content to be good and juicey. I feed a high protein game bird feed and straight cracked corn mixed, have had good results fast with this method.


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  4. Tad

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    mix a 50 pound bag of turkey starter and a 50 pound bag of scratch, and feed it free choice!
     

  5. chickenchickenbulkbulk

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    Thanks for the replies. I have been feeding them the game bird and cracked corn. At what age do you usually butcher?
     
  6. NurseNettie

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    You can butcher them at any age, but usually from 12-16 weeks or so is the most tender meat, and then it gets tougher as you go on--- you can butcher them until they're very old.

    It's possible they're as "big" as they're going to get-- if they're not cornish crosses or specically meat birds, you wont' get a huge bird. They're still yummy!!! We've had a lot of rooster stew and rooster pot pies that were out of this world!

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  7. leellac

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    I have 11 I need to butcher. How do You do it?
     


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