When to take away Roo's

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by yellowchick, Jan 27, 2009.

  1. yellowchick

    yellowchick Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 15, 2008
    C, Arkansas
    I have 14 week old BO's. 9 girls and 3 roo's. When do I need to get rid of the 2 extra roo's? One is crowing and has been for 3 weeks now. He is also the one I'm keeping, the other 2 are dinner. I can't separate them because I only have one coop.
  2. TexasVet

    TexasVet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2008
    Willis TX
    The best time to butcher them is before they start crowing/mating. Once they're mature, hormones will turn the meat dark, tough, and gamey.

    I didn't know that until I read Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens! The first rooster I tried eating was almost 2, and it was a total waste of time. The meat was as dark and tough as shoe leather... and that was after I stewed him all day in a crock pot!

    Storey also advises keeping cleaned birds in the fridge for a couple of days before cooking or freezing them. It ages the meat and makes it more tender.

    Kathy in Texas
  3. aberfitch

    aberfitch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 24, 2008
    Texas Fort Worth
    awsome advice
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Do a search. Miss Prissy had a recipe for old hens, roos and turkeys... after you process them.
  5. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 8, 2008
    Fleetwood, PA
    So you have to eat them by 12 weeks then? There is nothing to them at that time, however I never had a rooster not crow by 12 weeks. I had always heard 6 months or so for dual purpose breeds.
  6. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    ive had a 9 month old rir roo,, he was 1 of the best chicken dinnahs we've had.
  7. yellowchick

    yellowchick Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 15, 2008
    C, Arkansas
    I noticed this weekend that the roo we're keeping is starting to mate with the girls. They will all be 15 weeks old this Wednesday. Should I also put the nesting boxes in the coop?
  8. CANDLE98

    CANDLE98 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 29, 2008
    Meridian Idaho
    Update this thred when you eat your roo's, I would like to know also because I have 10 BR roos that are 5 weeks old and they are going to be dinner.
  9. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    Quote:yup,, the sooner you put them in, the sooner they get used to it,, and the sooner they can start practicing [​IMG]
  10. cluckychick

    cluckychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2008
    South of KCMO
    Just a suggestion and possibly not right so hopefully someone else with knowledge will chime in but...If I had roos I knew I was gonna eat i would probably finish them out a couple weeks on some high protein grower feed and add a few extra pounds to them before butchering.

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