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Offline thomashton

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When should I knock off my cockrels?
« on: September 26, 2006, 12:18:20 PM »
I got 25 chickens this year. They are about 4 months old now and a few (3 or so) are showing cockrel behavior (crowing, fighting, jumping on pullets etc.).

When should I take these babies down? My wife doesn't want them, just the pullets for the eggs.
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When should I knock off my cockrels?
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2006, 05:05:10 PM »
the longer you wait the tougher the meat and the greater number of fights....which can be entertaining.
if they are small they are called fryers...lop off some heads.

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When should I knock off my cockrels?
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2006, 10:46:44 PM »
Most fryers are butchered at 15-18 weeks.  Your cockerals sound ready.
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