Thank you for your information. With this I am able to decide on what breed to get for my meat chickens. Even living in the Arizona desert this information was great and exactly what I was looking for.
What meat chickens should I raise? What's the differences? - Page 6
You recently acquired meat chicks, but you do not want them for meat? I'm confused.
Cornish X do have specific feeding requirements so that could be an issue with raising them with your long term flock. They are not intended to have a long life. Health issues could pop up early.
It was not my intent to reintroduce the debate on CX : raise them , or not , nor to rip Bossdoo . I appreciate Jeff's summary and choose not to enter into the old arguements I've seen go on here . The CX is the most logical bird to feed the masses IMHO ; I also see the importance of preserving heritage breeds and developing better strains reproduced without elaborate crosses , especially when the bulk of the parent stock necessary to produce commercial meaties are owned by one or two corporations . I accept the fact that some can see only one side or the other , but personally believe that Jeff's summary is enough to help those with open minds decide which category of chicken best suits them .
I agree 100% mu wife and I have lost 30 birds in 3 years by free ranging but the 20 we have thst have learned what predators are and how to survive are the ones we will hatch. I hope this will provide us with a witty , meaty farm chicken that will semi sustain itself on little feed and roaming behind the cattle. They are mostly 1 Iowa blue rooster and a mix of Wyandotte and barred rock hens. They know very well to run in barn or under tractor when shadows are overhead. Yeah its been a steep learning curve but they figured it out. Plus a little 223 for the coyotes every now and then helps too.
Cornish x- To make DH happy
Rhode Island Reds-they are heat tolerant and while I do not have some of you guys summers mid summer is hot and humid (personally I think it is all that irrigation and corn causing our humidity)
New Hampshire- good free rangers and heat tolerant
Cornish Roaster- A hybrid that is smaller then Cornish x without health problems
Dark Cornish- The guys that raise these her in BYC are rather passionate about them
Red Ranger- Heat tolerant again
I figured I would order 10 of each, this would protect me some from losses and I will try to keep the best hen of each breed (except the hybrid) back for breeding. Might try hatching next year.