When To Butcher ????

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by OSUman, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. OSUman

    OSUman GO BUCKS

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    Ok i have some broilers and i hesrd from someone else that once they start crowing you should butcher them i was wondering if they are right becasue mine are 4-5 weeks and are starting to crow but they're still really small.
     
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  2. OSUman

    OSUman GO BUCKS

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    Does anyone know
     
  3. mjjobbins

    mjjobbins Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think that broilers are supposed to be ready around 8 weeks with the right feed. Starting to crow already? whoa. I thought I heard something from mine, which are about 8 weeks now. They're no broilers, though. Have you searched meatbirds etc for previous threads that might give you a more definite time?
     
  4. ABstormyirefarm

    ABstormyirefarm New Egg

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    Your birds should be ready around 7-8 week mark. That's about the time that they get so heavy that their legs can't support them anymore. I started mine when I noticed that happening & got the others before that happened. Our birds were easily 8-10 lbs at that point. Couple were little bigger than 10 even.
     
  5. OSUman

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    mine are cornish rocks does that still apply?
     
  6. obsessed

    obsessed Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anywhere from 6-8 weeks. Depends on how big you want them. There is also a gambling factor as you wait you take the chance they could just die. [​IMG]
     
  7. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    6-8 weeks for Cornish X's. Are you sure they're crowing? I always butcher at 8 weeks, and I've never heard a single crow from any of mine.
     
  8. Big George

    Big George Out Of The Brooder

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    My cornish rocks are seven/eight weeks and 6lb pullets and 7.5 cockerels. Should I feed cracked corn for the last two weeks? And how large can I grow them. Is 10lbs reasonable? Thanks
     
  9. ChanceRider

    ChanceRider Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yep, same here. My last batch were processed at 8 1/2 and 9 1/2 weeks and I never did hear a crow from them.
     
  10. OSUman

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    I dont know maybe they werent they were making weird noises then
     

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