Originally Posted by Bluff Country Chicken
Meyer's Hatchery in Ohio uses the first term while McMurray's in Iowa uses the second. Has anyone gotten both of these from these specific hatcheries? I've had good luck with McMurray, but the Meyer prices would save 30-40%.
Edited by SteveH - 7/27/11 at 12:10am
Meyer's term for the meat bird is probably more accurate, but they are all basicly the same bird, possibly even the same exact strain. The original cross of specific strains of White Cornish to specific strains of Plymouth White Rock is long past, all the major developers went to a system using parent lines developed off the oringinal crossbreds, possibly other breeds added, and Tyson purchased most [if not all] of the companies involved in breeding the modern white broiler. As far as I can determine, the only way they can hatch and sell whatever each hatchery calls their fastest growing, commercial type, broiler chicks that we buy, the hatcheries have to either:
1. Be contracted with Tyson to purchase breeding stock, and that breeding stock has to go to a processor after their short period of productivity.
2. Buy hatching eggs from one of Tyson's registered poultry breeding farms.
P.S. You might want to check prices here, I have found their CX to be very nice. http://www.schlechthatchery.com/chickens.htm