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When to butcher?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by mlorne, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. mlorne

    mlorne In the Brooder

    Mar 30, 2010
    Hello all,

    This is my first year raising chickens and I have a question regarding the unlucky few heading to the freezer.

    I have 7 Frey's hatchery dual purpose females. This is the information on the website:

    The females are a rusty red in colour and are generally quiet. The females will grow to approximately 6 lbs. live weight at about 15 weeks. As females approach maturity (15- 20 weeks), they tend to put on fat, so if larger-size females are desired, we suggest a diet lower in protein and energy.

    So, they are 15 weeks old this week. Should I be butchering them now or waiting a few more weeks?

    The ultimate purpose of the birds is for roasting or stewing.

    Thanks for the help,
  2. Dogfish

    Dogfish Rube Goldberg incarnate

    Mar 17, 2010
    Western Washington
    Do you feel happy with their size? If so, time to fill the freezer. Only you can judge if you are pleased with their performance.

    Congratulations on bringing your birds to slaughter age!

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