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Murray Mcmurray Chef's Choice Broiler

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Does anyone have backyard/small flock experience raising these for their own use?  I have seen another thread here on the topic, but it wasn't overly complimentary:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/962515/mcmurray-chefs-choice-broiler

 

That however, was focused on the production level.  I actually like  a little flexibility on when processing day comes, as I may have to get them done at a local processor due to limited time.  I'm also more interested in the meat flavor/quality for a homestead than I am purely in conversion rates.

 

Here's the Hatchery's link: https://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/chefs_choice_red_broiler.html

 

They're a little more pricey than a lot of alternatives, so I figured best to get feedback before committing.

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I don't have experience with the chef's choice broiler from McMurray but did get 50 of the Jumbo Cornish Cross. My experience was middle of the road. I got a second batch of 75 Jumbo Cornish Cross from a local hatchery and in comparison, the local hatchery chicks did much better than the McMurray ones. I processed McMurray hens at 8 weeks and they were 6-8lb each. My local hatchery chicks were 4-5lbs at 9 weeks. Health wise, in my opinion, the local hatchery chicks were much healthier as well! Hope this helps!

28 Cinnamon Queen hens, 24 Rhode Island Red Hens, 50-75 broilers in Spring and Fall, 2 Standard Poodles and 1 geriatric Beagle
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28 Cinnamon Queen hens, 24 Rhode Island Red Hens, 50-75 broilers in Spring and Fall, 2 Standard Poodles and 1 geriatric Beagle
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What was the local Hatchery you preferred?
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What was the local Hatchery you preferred?

I live in Oklahoma so it was a place called Country Hatchery in Wewoka, OK. I like knowing the family who produces and supporting an Oklahoma business. Plus every chick (125 now) I have gotten from them has been super healthy!
28 Cinnamon Queen hens, 24 Rhode Island Red Hens, 50-75 broilers in Spring and Fall, 2 Standard Poodles and 1 geriatric Beagle
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28 Cinnamon Queen hens, 24 Rhode Island Red Hens, 50-75 broilers in Spring and Fall, 2 Standard Poodles and 1 geriatric Beagle
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