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WHen to process not meat birds

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by hcammack, Nov 17, 2007.

  1. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    When should I proccess my extra cockerals they are a wyndotte and EE.

    Henry
     
  2. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    I processed a speckled sussex cockeral at around 14 weeks. I'd say wait until
    they seem big enough or causing problems within the flock.
     
  3. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Personally, I wait until 20 - 22 weeks. Better size and more meat by then.
     
  4. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    Since I am hatching in the spring I was thinking I could keep one rooster and hatch some of my Mutt eggs and then process him later. I think Silver laced wyndotte X EE , Silver laced wyndotteX golden laced wyndotte, Silver laced wyndotteX salmon Favorrel, and Silver Laced wyndotteX Cuckoo marans. Would all be realy cool crosses.

    Henry
     
  5. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    Would It even be worth it to kill process them? there are only 2.
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  6. adoptedbyachicken

    adoptedbyachicken Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    If you have not processed before it would be good for you to try it with a small number and get the hang of it. As for the birds they might not be a huge meal but it's better than wasting them.
     
  7. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    Ya I will definatly do it then because I am hatching in the spring and I will have to process the extra cockerals.

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  8. suburbanhomesteader

    suburbanhomesteader Chillin' With My Peeps

    Actually, I'm discovering that I prefer processing no more than 5 birds at a time. I have a little skinning station that sets up in under 5 minutes, and because I skin them and don't pluck them, the whole process only takes about 15 minutes. Doing more than 5 at once gets to be a chore; it seems like I can do the 5, and still have time to do other chores, in one evening after work.
     
  9. littlelemon

    littlelemon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm glad I came across this topic. I was wondering when to butcher one of our roos. He is a white plymouth rock, 16 weeks old. He is big, but I want to butcher him right at his peak before he eats anymore feed! Could I do it now, or will he still grow a little bit?
     
  10. aliena614

    aliena614 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Littlelemon I waited till my white rock roo was about 20 weeks and he weighed in @ about 2.5lbs dressed! all of those white freathers make them look alot bigger than what they really are!
     

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