What is a good processing age?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by trunkman, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. trunkman

    trunkman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 26, 2009
    Rock Hill SC
    This is my first try at meat birds and so far can't believe how fast they grow and don't want to miss that window of opportunity of the best time to butcher. I've seen some who process at 5 weeks, some at 7 or eight weeks. At what age is a foolproof age to process cornish rocks? [​IMG]
  2. pbjls

    pbjls Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2013
    put a tub on a scale and zero it out. put an average sized chicken in to get the live weight. figure on about 70 to 75 percent of that for dressed weight. when they get to the weight you want then fire up the scalder and sharpen the knife,
  3. AgroUrica

    AgroUrica Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 20, 2013
    I started butchering mine at 38 days, found one to be 3 kilos which is a full half kilo+ heavier than the normal commercial weight here. Some folks want birds at 2.2 kilos, some at 3+. Just depends.

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