Hello, I am new - my name is Mia, I live in Montreal, Canada (although possibly soon to be moving home to British Columbia) and my mother raises chickens in the backyard, literally, and has since I was a child. If I move home, I would like to raise a few - no more than 10 at a time, a hobby not a business.
First question involves meat birds - does anyone have opinions on the best tasting meat bird - if cooking method is needed I will say roasted? My parents raise their hens for eggs and do not kill them, even when they stop laying. They are more pets.
Second question is just something I'm curious about and haven't been able to find ANY info online. I once ate a 'yellow Landes' (not sure if this is the breed name) at a restaurant in France. I've also heard a lot, obviously, about Bresse chickens. After some brief checking online it seems as if these breeds - and French heritage/Label Rouge breeds in general don't seem to be available outside of France. Is this the case? And if so, why? Is it illegal? Do they not do well outside of France? Is it simply that no one is interested? Just wondering, because that yellow Landes was by far the best tasting chucken I've ever eaten in my life, and if it was easy to get fertilized eggs or chicks, I would consider raising them if they were suited to life in a backyard.
Any thoughts, or ideas on a good breed in general, for meat? Are there any breeds that are good for meat AND eggs?
Glad to be here, hope to learn a lot!