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#1 2014-06-06 14:27:56

hollowridge
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From: Lunenburg, County, Nova Scotia
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When to cull

Hi all,  was looking for a little experience from you guys. :)

We have 23 chicks at the 14 week stage. :Crazy:  The E.O.'s are running at approximately 4-5 pounds live weight right now.  9 hens, 14 roo's and as you can image it is getting a little rowdy in there.  :nervous: We have a few picked out that are showing potential. But was wondering how long you keep them going before adding to the deep freeze?  And what would be a good live weight for the roo's?   :thanks:

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#2 2014-06-06 14:48:32

poplar girl
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From: Athabasca, AB, Canada
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Re: When to cull

Minimum age for butchering Roos probably about 16 weeks? I prefer to wait until they are around 18-20 or even 22 weeks from a size perspective but I understand your frustration as they get to be a real pain by that age. I seperate the pullets from the cockerels after about 14 weeks if I can.

I am not sure what live weight they are at that age. I think most of my roosters are about 4-4.5 lbs dressed, some close to 5lbs, but I should check to be sure.


Raising red cuckoo (marraduna) Euskal Oiloak and self blue (lavender) & black Belgian Bearded d'Uccles.

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#3 2014-06-06 16:35:47

hollowridge
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From: Lunenburg, County, Nova Scotia
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Re: When to cull

Thanks, Popular Girl,

We may try and hold off on the E.O. roosters and just do a few of the others cause they are bigger.

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#4 2014-06-07 01:11:20

gubi
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Re: When to cull

I have done some way younger then that.  They are great on the BBQ at 2-3 months old.  The basque standard calls for the cockerls to reach 2kg in 13 weeks, 3.5kg mature


Herd of Brown Swiss, a few sheep, red cuckoo basque, Silverspangled Appenzeller Spitzhauben, ameraucanas(EE), Welsummer, broodie silkies and a few more heritage hens

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#5 2014-06-07 11:35:14

hollowridge
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From: Lunenburg, County, Nova Scotia
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Re: When to cull

We were a week late in weighing but some were at the 2 kg mark, but due to the amount of roosters some are a lot smaller.  Think we will thin the heard a little so to speak. :gunslinger:

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#6 2014-06-07 12:49:00

Maggiesdad
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Re: When to cull

gubi wrote:

I have done some way younger then that.  They are great on the BBQ at 2-3 months old.  The basque standard calls for the cockerls to reach 2kg in 13 weeks, 3.5kg mature

^^^ this^^^

Since learning how to spatchcock, I've started the initial selections at  .6 - .9kg dressed weight. They are great for bbq ing and frying.

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#7 2014-06-07 12:57:51

hollowridge
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From: Lunenburg, County, Nova Scotia
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Re: When to cull

Maggiesdad wrote:

gubi wrote:

I have done some way younger then that.  They are great on the BBQ at 2-3 months old.  The basque standard calls for the cockerls to reach 2kg in 13 weeks, 3.5kg mature

^^^ this^^^

Since learning how to spatchcock, I've started the initial selections at  .6 - .9kg dressed weight. They are great for bbq ing and frying.

:applause:  Thanks, I just learned a new word today also!  Never heard of  "SPATCHCOCK", so I just checked it out on "google" and there we go.  Never too old to learn!  :thanks:

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#8 2014-06-07 17:13:10

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From: Branchton, Ontario Canada
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Re: When to cull

LOL I learned something to HR, I had never heard of the term here as well.   I know Sobey's sell them but they are called "flattened chicken", which makes me laugh as I have this in my head like it being flattened, meaning being run over!!! :roadtrip: :funny:

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#9 2014-06-07 17:35:23

Maggiesdad
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Re: When to cull

=D  I've gotten pretty good at dressing them, It only takes about 2 minutes per bird with a sharp paring knife and a pair of poultry shears... to me, it's just like cleaning a mess of panfish! A 5-6lb rooster is a lot of work to take apart, but these guys go zip zip zip done! - and they are sooo tender.

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#10 2014-06-07 17:47:08

Flat Rock Farm
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Re: When to cull

:eat: :eat:

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#11 2014-06-08 12:48:15

hollowridge
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Re: When to cull

We processed 5 birds.  :gunslinger:

My very first time in plucking feathers!  :shock:  Can't say that I enjoyed the task but I know it has to be done.  My hubby was always the one to do it all by himself.  I figured let's see if I can stomach this. :huh:  Didn't watch the nasty bits, just did the plucking.

Did 4 roosters that were mixed breed; they came in dressed at 3.25 - 4 lbs or 1.5kg -1.8 kg weight.  We did one E.O. and it came in at 2 lbs 10 oz or around 1.2 kgs.

They were actually 15 weeks of age when I checked my calendar.   

The E.O. cleaned up some nice, but the mixes were dark feather and they don't look as nice cleaned.  Black colour in some of the follicles.  Let's just say that I am glad we aren't trying to make money cleaning chickens!!! :lol:

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#12 2014-06-08 17:06:34

gubi
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Re: When to cull

We plucked a few at the start but now we skin them.  It's a lot faster.


Herd of Brown Swiss, a few sheep, red cuckoo basque, Silverspangled Appenzeller Spitzhauben, ameraucanas(EE), Welsummer, broodie silkies and a few more heritage hens

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#13 2014-06-08 22:47:48

Maggiesdad
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Re: When to cull

I like eating the skin (on fried) too much to let it go...  So now I do a quick pluck of everything big and fluffy, Then after they are cleaned I finish the pinfeathers with the back side of a paring knife. With the tail, back, and cape already gone, it goes much faster.

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