Found steal price on meat chickens, but what are they?
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The birds shown in the photo on the site are red sex link males - not my first choice for a meat bird as they are not really all that meaty.....additionally, if you are looking at creating a sustaining flock consider that they are mixed breed birds and do not breed true (meaning the sex link characteristic, males hatch yellow/white, females hatch red/brown - they mature with sex linked feathering as well, is first generation only and breeding a sex link to a sex link does not mean you get more sex links). When you say you want a 'good productive flock" - are you wanting a self-sustaining flock for egg production, for meat production or for both?
Edited by Matt999W - 12/6/15 at 7:48pm
Most breeds will lay for several years. There are several things that can affect how long a hen might continue to produce eggs. Hens that mature quickly and start laying early will stop laying before those that matured slower. Hens that stop laying in the winter or while molting will lay longer than those that lay right through their molt or are given supplemental lighting. Hens that go broody will also continue to lay longer. Basically, any natural process that interrupts production, will extend a hens laying years.