When to take away Roo's

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

  1. yellowchick

    yellowchick Out Of The Brooder

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    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

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    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

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    awsome advice
     
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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