When to harvest??

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by noladq, Jun 29, 2010.

  1. noladq

    noladq In the Brooder

    Mar 13, 2010
    My chickens are getting close to their date with destiny, but I'm not sure just how far to let them go. The "slow Cornish" are 8 weeks old and the Buff Orpingtons are 10. The Cornys weigh about 4.5-5 lbs. I haven't weight the BOs - they are about a third less than the Cornys.

    Several of the Corny's have developed misshapen feet - the toes bend and curl backwards. I guess that's one of their genetic pitfalls? They get around well though, so I haven't worried about it.

    Everyone is in a tractor during the day and in the coop at night. I let them out to range for a few hours a day. They are very active.

    I thought I read somewhere that 5 lbs live weight is good for harvesting, but would like to hear other thoughts.

  2. mstricer

    mstricer Crowing

    Feb 12, 2009
    I did my orp roo's at 17 weeks and they were still small.

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