When to kill a meat bird?

emmial

Hatching
11 Years
Sep 21, 2008
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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?
 

Birch Run Farm

Biddy up!
11 Years
Sep 5, 2008
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VERMONT
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.
 

Cason

Songster
11 Years
Sep 11, 2008
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Green City, MO (North Mo.)
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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