when are they usually ready to butcher??

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by 12kids&manychicks, Jul 7, 2010.

  1. 12kids&manychicks

    12kids&manychicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Got these
    http://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/frying_pan_special.html

    They hatched April 25

    We have had no luck unloading them on craigslist

    How much longer until we can actually eat them? I will never go for these again - we have been feeding them forever and they are still so little...

    Steph
     
  2. stanglover2001

    stanglover2001 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bet they are ready, if they were born Apr 25 then they are 10 and a half weeks old. It says on the McMurray website that these take longer and are smaller and lighter... So if you think they're too small then don't ever get those again, I hate that they're smaller than you expected. [​IMG] Next time the CornishX is the way to go.
     
  3. Bossroo

    Bossroo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They tell you up front that they will take f o r e v e r to reach any resemblence of a fryer. The Leghorn male chicks are the culls and are almost always destroyed after sexing. Some are sold as the " frying pan special" just to off set their hatching costs. The females are kept to sell as they are the egg laying hens of choice. Take your lack of a response on Craig's list as a clue and order any of the dual purpose chicks ( 16-24 weeks) or for even better results , order the Cornish X ( 6-8 weeks, the Industry Gold Standard ) as no other chicken can match their rate of growth.
     
  4. scubaforlife

    scubaforlife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say they are probably ready now, you can wait a week or two more but I doubt you will get much more size.
     
  5. 12kids&manychicks

    12kids&manychicks Out Of The Brooder

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    We did get 18 corneys - they were processed Monday - lovely looking birds [​IMG] But these other critters are so little I just cant imagine much meat on them..... I wanted them all gone before we go on vacation this year (aug 4th) agghhh

    they are driving me NUTS!!!!!! I guess I will give them a few more weeks and see what they are doing....

    Thanks
    Steph
     
  6. Bossroo

    Bossroo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it was me... I wouldn't waste any more of my time or feed into them as the carcasses will never come even close to the cornish x. Just process them ASAP and slow cook them in a crockpot untill the meat falls off the bones. Then use in any dish that I may want to use the meat in.
     
  7. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    20 weeks for max meat and tender as possible, or let them free range over winter and cull at 1 year for maximum size then use for stews and soups.
    the problem is not the hatcheries selling these, it's that they are simply filling the request for really cheap birds and this is what you get.
     
  8. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

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