When to process a duel purpose bird

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Thistlelady, Sep 23, 2013.

  1. Thistlelady

    Thistlelady In the Brooder

    Mar 22, 2013
    Colorado Springs CO
    We hatched out 5 buff Brahma's and can only keep the hens (city limit's rules, and my husbands). My question is at what age would would you cull the cockerels for best meat? They are almost 6 weeks old now.
  2. Elke Beck

    Elke Beck Songster

    Jun 24, 2011
    Sunny So Cal
    I would aim for 16 weeks, unless they become too much of a nuisance before. At 16 weeks there is enough meat on them to make it worth your while, and they will still be tender.
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    The thing is, Brahmas are slower to mature than a normal dual purpose bird, so I'd wait longer to get some meat on them. Most dp birds are processed around 18-22 weeks, I'd try to go as long as you could on these big boys. They get their bone first, then their meat fills in later. Basically, I'd wait until they start crowing, whenever that happens to be for each boy.

    Or, of course, sooner if they get mean.

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