When to harvest??

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

  1. noladq

    noladq Out Of The Brooder

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    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.

    Thanks!
     
  2. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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

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