The following traditional table chicken hybrid crosses will grow in 8 to 10 weeks, are broad breasted. Most have white feathers and skin for a clean carcass and white skin.
Light Sussex x White Wyandotte
An excellent table chicken but care must be taken in selecting the breeders so the breast bone of the offspring is not too high. Care should also be taken in selecting the White Wyandotte hens, they must not have any black in the legs in order to get good white fleshed table bird. These are fast growing birds that are short legged, carrying lots of meat. Feathers are white with the odd black fleck. Almost all of these birds will be white fleshed.
White Wyandotte X Light Sussex
Take care in selecting the White Wyandotte Cocks, they must not have any black in the legs in order to get good white fleshed table bird. Some chicks will have a yellow skin but other than this, the resulting birds are much the same as the Light Sussex X White Wyandotte cross mentioned above.
Indian Game (Cornish) X Rhode Island Red
This produces a yellow skinned bird which can be greatly enhanced in color by feeding maize and allowing access to fresh green grass. The Rhode Island Red is a fast growing breed which dominates the slower growing Indian Game. Indian Game cocks should be at least a year old so that fertility is high. Since Rhode Island Reds are prolific layers, there is never any shortage of hatching eggs.
Indian Game (Cornish) X Sussex on Light Sussex
This is a second cross that was once very popular to produce a very meaty white fleshed table bird. The first cross results in slow growth but the second results in very fast growth.
Do you have any idea of the timelines to get each of these crosses to table size (average 5.5 pounds dressed)? I want to do meat birds this year but as I'm moving towards doing it as a business I'm looking for a fast yet sustainable alternative to the meat kings. There is a breeder of rangers but she won't have any chicks for me until at least May, and so far it's looking like her ability to keep me in steady supply - especially as my business grows - will be problematic (I tried getting chicks off her last fall, too, but she was back-ordered and being forced to shut down for winter). So, her aside, my only option is the cornish cross and even those I can't get until mid-april. And, quite frankly, I'm afraid to invest in them after all the reading and stories and such! IF such a thing were possible - and I believe anything is possible - I would like to build my own breeding stock for a good, slower-growing (but not TOO slow) meat bird.