When to kill a meat bird?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by emmial, Sep 21, 2008.

  1. emmial

    emmial Hatching

    Sep 21, 2008
    We are getting ready to kill our chickens and we have no idea how old they need to be. I have looked online and find everything else about butchering, raising, etc., but not when to do it.

    Can someone help?
  2. Birch Run Farm

    Birch Run Farm Biddy up!

    Sep 5, 2008
    It can depend on what type of chickens you have. For Cornish X broilers anywhere from 6 to 10 weeks is good. I do mine at 9 weeks with great results.

    For extra cockerels from laying stock I would say 'go' when they begin crowing.
  3. Cason

    Cason Songster

    We started on some Americuanas this week @ 12 weeks old. They are too small! Way too small. Depends on the type of chickens you're killing. CornishX will "go" around 7 weeks.

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