what is a good age to butcher EEs?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by heksa, Oct 11, 2010.

  1. heksa

    heksa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have four 14 weeks old EE roos that I need to get rid of and I've finally found an Amish couple that will turn them into meat for me.

    Are they already ready or do I need to wait a little longer?

    Also, from my understanding, after I take the birds to them, I will get them back the next day cleaned and packaged. What do I need to do next? Age them, if so, how?

    I'm very apprehensive about the whole thing. I'm not even sure if I'm going to have the guts to eat them and how bad I'm going to feel taking them there.
     
  2. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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    If you can stand it go ahead and wait. I don't like EE roosters at all. I generally will call them as soon as they start to crow and get aggressive. Unfortunately I haven't found not one that hasn't been aggressive towards me. Their crow is also annoying.
     
  3. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    What age do the roosters get aggressive? I have one that is friendly (my three year old named him "Noodles,") and I'm hoping he stays that way, but I obviously don't expect him to!
     
  4. denim deb

    denim deb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 2 EE roosters, and neither is aggressive. I'm interested in the answer to this too since that's what I plan on doing next year when I have some young cocks that I don't want to keep.
     
  5. heksa

    heksa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not too attached to my roosters - I have way too many of them. I'm planning on keeping one for a 10 bird flock and am already wondering how much trouble I'm asking for.

    They are not agressive per se, yet. They are not friendly either, but crowing thier heads off every morning.

    My four year old daughter claimed to be attacked by one yesterday, though. All we heard was a lot of noise, like the bird was screaming for dear life when you try to hold it. And then my daughter came crying that "the rooster was trying to eat her all gone". It was getting dark so we didn't see what's happened. I kind of assumed she was trying to hold it and grabbed it the wrong way. I doubt the rooster just charged at her for no reason, but you never know.

    Either way, we are going to take them to Amish couple in three weeks .... unless they really get on my nerv before that.
     
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2010
  6. babettenj

    babettenj Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a one year old mean ee rooster- he protects his 10 hens (we free range during the afternoon) and possibly saved one of my favorites from being carried off by a hawk last week (she was injured, but will recover). He atttacks anyone that gets near his hens- I would never let a child near him. He attacks unprovoked b/c in his male brain I am a threat. I've gotten bruises on my legs from him even though wearing jeans and thick boots. The point is keep the kids away- he's just gonna get worse.

    One of my hens (wyandotte) hatched 2 chicks, both ee, one hen one roo. The plan is to butcher the roo.
     
  7. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    why dont you do it yourself?
     
  8. heksa

    heksa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:There is no way I can get myself to do it.
     
  9. heksa

    heksa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:You've got some scary rooster.
    Mine are still young and rather scared then scary ... yet.
    They are still afraid of my older hens, even though they are pretty much same size as them.

    Out of five I'm keeping only one, and the one that I've observed to be the most aggressive towards pullets is going to be eaten for sure.
     

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