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White plymouth rock pullets for the freezer

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by lmz534, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. lmz534

    lmz534 Out Of The Brooder

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    I ordered 8 White Plymouth rock pullets (day old) with the intention of stuffing them all in my freezer at some point. I do not like the "Frankenchickens" Cornish RockX, they creep me out! So I thought I'd go oldschool with these chicks. My questions are, what is the best organic feed I can give them, how often and with proper feeding, when should they be ready to butcher?(since I know they grow slower than the Frankenchickens) Any help would be appreciated. I'm kinda new to meat birds. Thanks guys!

    Proud mama of 2 human kids, 1 German Shepherd, 1 housecat, 1 TB horse, 2 Holland Lops and 1 super sweetie-pie Buckeye Hen named "Doris".[​IMG]
     
  2. gmendoza

    gmendoza Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you should get a dark cornish roo,then you can have meaties at any time. too bad those rocks are going to freezer camp. I would keep em with my dark cornish bulldog roo and make my own frankenchickens.
     
  3. homesteadapps

    homesteadapps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Butcher at any time you like. Not sure why you are butcher young hens. Pullets/hens will mature slower but for cockerels, they will be a good enough size at about 14 to 20 weeks.

    Let them free range and they won't really eat that much feed. Mainly get them started and once feathered let them loose outdoors.

    If you have a feed mill in the area then they can grind you a mix of you own choosing or they will offer their favorite recipe


    If they are laying hens then wait about two years then replenish the flock and cull the older hens.
     
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  4. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    If they were hatchery ordered WR's you may be a tad disappointed with their growths weights and size, I agree to put them with a good sized rooster-Non Hatchery stock and raise the chicks to processing, your results will be a little better.
     
  5. Tiffrz-N-Kidz

    Tiffrz-N-Kidz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not everyone can have roosters in their backyards. Even little ones crow and will bust your operation. I know of which I speak. :)

    ETA I don't know from organic feed, but my easteregger capons and roos were ready to butcher at about 5 1/2 - 6 months. The hens were still pretty small at that age, they are as big as I think they are going to get now, at 9 months old.
     
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  6. lmz534

    lmz534 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks everyone for the great advice!!! Unfortunately, A rooster is out of the question for me, I live two blocks off our public square in a fairly urban setting and our zoning has graciously allowed me to obtain birds, permitted I don't have any noisy roos. I hate to butcher young hens too, but right now it's my only choice for home raised meat! Maybe someday I will be rural again [​IMG]
     
  7. mcf3kids

    mcf3kids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 14 week white rock would not be worthy of freezer camp if that was my plan for her - she weighs a live weigh of about 3 lbs - not exactly a big meal. Will you be processing these birds yourself? You can probably get a nice batch of soup from each rock but if you want to wait longer a dinner for two can be in order - maybe 3 lbs dressed if you are lucky by 24 weeks. Good luck.
     
  8. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

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    I am raising white rock cockerels for meat. Understandable that you are raising pullets, since you can't have roos. I too am horrified by frankenchickens, and would rather raise these guys at the cost of longer raising time. Mine are excellent free rangers, very active in their grazing for plants and bugs to eat. They are ten weeks old this coming Monday. For hahas I grabbed an 'average' sized cockerel and plonked him on a kitchen scale (was holding his feet and letting most of his body rest on the scale). He was 2lbs 10oz. Not HUGE at all, but I'm gonna give 'em at least five weeks, if not more. I assume right now they are building their frame and not their muscle mass, since they are still growing like weeds stature wise.
     
  9. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    yes i would get male wr chicks, butcher at 12 weeks, these will be still fryers, after 13 weeks they are roaster....now males will be larger than the pullets.
     
  10. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    Are you allowed to have ducks? Male ducks are quiet and the Pekin grows a bunch of delicious meat in very little time with good feed conversion. They are big enough to butcher at 7-8 weeks.
     

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