When to butcher?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Celtic Hill, Apr 5, 2011.

  1. Celtic Hill

    Celtic Hill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So instead of trying to sell or give away my packing peanuts I decided im going to raise and butcher them. I was wondering when should they be butchered? They are Barred rocks and Production Reds?
     
  2. Azriel

    Azriel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll be watching this one, as I was going to ask the same question. I have BA, sexlink, orp mixes.
     
  3. journey11

    journey11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Regular chickens can be processed anytime between 5 to 8 months for tender meat or any time after that for moist heat cooking methods (stewing hens or pressure cooked for soup, etc.) Good idea to put roos in a smaller pen away from the girls. They'll run around less and the dark meat will be more tender. Packing peanuts are nearly always roos.
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I've always heard eighteen to twenty weeks.
     
  5. Naughty

    Naughty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is gonna sound gross but - what do you do with the "parts" and blood after you butcher them? I am putting down 2 today. Don't want to leave stuff that might attract predators to the area because my girls are pets.
     
  6. StupidBird

    StupidBird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bury deep in the garden - a shovel blade's depth at least. This has worked for me with the rodent wars, as well as those carp my uncle paid me a quarter a piece for when I was a little kid. (he had the BEST roses - and those people were Serious in the neighborhood about their Roses and Tomatoes).
     
  7. booker81

    booker81 Redneck Tech Girl

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    There really isn't a lot of stuff to clean up when butchering a chicken. Maybe 1/2 cup of blood or less, and the guts can fit in a large hand. If I don't feel like burning, I just put them in a plastic bag and they go out in the garbage. Same with feathers - burn or compost or grocery sack and garbage.
     
  8. punky rooster

    punky rooster Awesome

    Jul 21, 2010
    Quote:Yeah, I would say around 20 weeks to get some meat on those birds. The longer you wait I think the better they are.
     

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