When to process mutt chickens

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by maus, Apr 18, 2008.

  1. maus

    maus Songster

    Oct 30, 2007
    Right now they are 6 weeks old and unsexed. They are a mutt mix of barred rock and cochin/brahma mix. No one wants them, so I guess I will eat them. [​IMG]
  2. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    you can process them at 16 to 18 weeks.
  3. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    I bet they'll get there closer to 12... but Brahma's are rather slow growing.
  4. bheila

    bheila Songster

    Feb 8, 2008
    Kent, Wa
    Not sure about the Brahmas, but we butchered our Barred Rock roosters at 20 weeks and they were yummy....tender and juicy. I cooked them in the crockpot.
  5. HobbyChickener

    HobbyChickener Songster

    Jun 29, 2007
    central KY
    That is what we grow to eat and we process at 14-16 and no more at all than 18. We generally have good tender birds.
  6. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    I've processed as late as 20-22 weeks and still had good meat. I keep the meat birds more confined, in tractors or small pens. I'd even give them recliner chairs, big-screen TVs and remote controls so they'd be more sedentary and less tough, but they'd only just poop on it all.

    So many folks have told me about how tough or stringy their home-grown chickens have been but I haven't encountered that yet. Perhaps it's because I keep them confined, or let the carcasses rest in the refrigerator a few days. I also usually slow-simmer them over low heat for a few hours on the stove with some fresh herbs, then pick & separate the meat to freeze. I don't have to really pick, the meat just melts off the bones.

    I guess I should start weighing these birds to see if they really gain much between weeks 16-22, perhaps it's not worth it to keep, feed, & listen to them for so much longer. But it's good to know that if you're too busy to butcher so early that doing it later shouldn't affect the taste/texture so much.
  7. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    I think the issue being overlooked here is he's doing mutts, which at some level are hybrids. They will grow faster than purebreeds.
  8. chickenannie

    chickenannie Songster

    Nov 19, 2007
    My Buff Orp roos were butchered at 20 weeks and were very tender. Roasted them in the oven -- didn't use crockpot at all.
  9. SueNH

    SueNH Songster

    Feb 24, 2007
    My mutt roosters grow no faster than their purebred counterparts. All have been a mix of standard brown egg layers of common types. Not a lot of meat on them compared to the cornish meat mutants.
  10. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    If you want a fryer do it closer to 12 - 14 weeks.

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