Lloyd George wrote:Xrocks...kill em at nine weeks...or they start to keel over...older breeds...nine to twelve weeks...usually takes a week or tw olonger on feed to reach eatin' weight....try this...record the dressed weight of this batch of birds, adn get a running average based on time to slaughter, then with the same breed next cycle do the same thing, but with a different time slot...you work out a good happy medium that way based on how you feed and raise chickens, and the weather/environment for your location..and eventually know exactly when your birds should get kilt..to within a couple of days I would imagine...
Jay Green wrote:I guess that depends on where you get your RIRs and if they are roosters or hens...the OP didn't indicate either way. BRs are only slightly more meaty than a good RIR from good stock, so I class RIR with good genetics in the DP class, particularly if they are roos.
I definitely include RIRs in my DP layer flock for that very reason...they are borderline for me. Leghorns, on the other hand, are not and I class them fully in the egg layers only.
Lloyd George wrote:The french have a great solution for tough skinny birds...coq au vin.