by Luchie Richter
Kill An Organic Chicken: Can you let me know when is the right time to kill an organically raised chicken for tender meat?
I am trying to study the business of raising organic chicken, can you provide a good resources for me to start or a training that I can go to?
I'll start with the when do you butcher a chicken question, which depends on a few factors. First off,what breed is the chicken?
Different breeds mature at different rates. Most Cornish X varieties that are commonly raised for commercial meat are butchered as early as six weeks, while other common backyard breeds such as Orpingtons or Wyandottes may take 12 to 14 weeks to begin with and on to sometimes 18 weeks.
If you are truly raising them organically, they may take even longer because organically grown food is going to be free from many of the growth stimulants that a lot of commercial feed has. Which is the whole point, right?
It's often learned through experience. You want the bird to weigh out usually around four pounds when dressed, but you don't want to wait until they are so mature that the meat begins to get tough. It is a balance.
Now for the question on raising organic chickens. The first thing you can do is to browse our
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