BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Chicken Breeds › General breed discussions & FAQ › What is the fastest groing chicken breed other than cornish cross?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

What is the fastest groing chicken breed other than cornish cross? - Page 2

post #11 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chris09 View Post

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.


Chris

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.
post #12 of 17

Indian Game x Light Sussex will get to about 5.5lb in 16 weeks.  Thats Roos only.  Pullets will only be about 3.5lb.

 

With exceptionally good strains you might get 5.5 in 14 weeks for roos.

 

Unless you are charging premium prices for old fashioned chicken, you will not be able to compete business wise.

post #13 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by brummie View Post

Indian Game x Light Sussex will get to about 5.5lb in 16 weeks.  Thats Roos only.  Pullets will only be about 3.5lb.

With exceptionally good strains you might get 5.5 in 14 weeks for roos.

Unless you are charging premium prices for old fashioned chicken, you will not be able to compete business wise.

Thanks! I built my business plan around a 9-week growth period so I guess I have to keep looking hmm.png The longer timeframes wouldn't be an issue if the birds were exceptionally good at foraging (lower feed costs) but small producers in my province are regulated to a mere 6-month growin season sad.png
post #14 of 17

The only thing that's going to get to 5lbs in under 9 weeks is a Cornish cross. Even a Ranger or other slow broiler is going to take more like 12 weeks. You won't find a dual purpose bird that meets those numbers. If they did, the CX would never have been bred. 

Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

Reply

Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

Reply
post #15 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by donrae View Post

The only thing that's going to get to 5lbs in under 9 weeks is a Cornish cross. Even a Ranger or other slow broiler is going to take more like 12 weeks. You won't find a dual purpose bird that meets those numbers. If they did, the CX would never have been bred. 
The Nova Ranger does, and does it on free range with supplemental feed, hence why I want to use that breed. I just can't get any until May, and so far every time I've tried to get them I can't.

The CX was bred from our heritage dual purpose breeds. The first ones were the result of a contest put out to hobbyists back in the 40's or 50's. If they did it, why can't we?
Edited by Phoenixxx - 3/7/16 at 5:02pm
post #16 of 17

Most folks don't want to invest the time to get a bird similar to the CX. They want a simple A x B cross and that's not gonna happen. 

 

And why re-invent the wheel? The work's already done in the CX. They're about the pinnacle of selective breeding for a rapid meat bird, efficient feed conversion, etc. 

Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

Reply

Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

Reply
post #17 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phoenixxx View Post


The Nova Ranger does, and does it on free range with supplemental feed, hence why I want to use that breed. I just can't get any until May, and so far every time I've tried to get them I can't.

The CX was bred from our heritage dual purpose breeds. The first ones were the result of a contest put out to hobbyists back in the 40's or 50's. If they did it, why can't we?


We can do it, if we are are willing to put years (more likely decades) into breeding fast growing broilers.  Not to mention all the money and resources required.

 

No point in reinventing the wheel.

 

Indian game x Light sussex is about the best home made cross you can get for meat and for broodies. 

 

If you want anything faster than that, you will have to order in one of the broilers, whether it's cornish cross, rangers, hubbards, sasso etc.

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: General breed discussions & FAQ
BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Chicken Breeds › General breed discussions & FAQ › What is the fastest groing chicken breed other than cornish cross?