Butchering size

Posted by: orrinnh

Butchering size - 04/24/12 12:55 PM

I have some Buff Chanteclers that are 10 weeks old. I plan to keep the hens for eggs and butcher the roosters at about 20 weeks. These birds are very large and I have a small coop. They also consume a large amount of feed. Would they be good for eating at this point or should I just cull them if decide to get rid of the roosters now? Thanks!
Posted by: CJR

Re: Butchering size - 04/24/12 03:18 PM

Butchering is not just age, it is the size you like, for fryers, for roasters. Weigh them, subtract 1-2 pounds for dressed weight you like. I would guess that at 12-14 weeks you would have some good size for the freezer? I would NOT cull them--store chicken is no substitute!

Feed costs are hitting us all. Can you free range part of each day? Or are you under snow with the Nor'easter that swept up the East ooast?

Good luck, CJR