When to butcher my cockerels ?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by connor97, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. connor97

    connor97 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm going to be hatching out some mutt chicks this year. These are just standard chickens they are not the hybrid meat broilers. What is a good age to butcher the cockerels before their meat gets to tough? Also, do you suggest I butcher the pullets as well or do you think mutt hens would lay well? This will be the first time I'm hatching chicks out from my flock.
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    When I thought I couldn't keep roosters I used to butcher the cockerels when they started to crow.

    Are they dual purpose mutts or are there egg breeds in the mix?
    That will make a difference with how much meat is on them. I'd just wait till you think they're heavy enough. That could be anywhere from 12 to 20 weeks.

    If they're free ranging, you can improve the toughness by locking them up the last 2 weeks before butchering. Also letting the meat rest bone in for at least 3 days before cooking or freezing helps too.

    Mutt hens are usually very good layers.
     

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