I am pretty happy with my first batch of meat birds. I purchased 6 Cornish Rock cross chicks from Tractor Supply on March 7 th, just to see if my family would like them better than the DP I processed last year. I butchered them today at 7 weeks. The pullets weighed 4.5 lbs dressed, and the biggest roo weighed 6 lbs. Not to bad. I was pleased that mine did not have any of the nasty hard lumps of fat I see in grocery store birds, I skinned them to make processing faster.
I am not sure how I feel about the Xrocks. I hate the way their bodies feel when I pick them up, so squishy and gross! They are so much dirtier than my DP chicks. I have another 13 chicks growing, they are nearly 3 weeks old now. This second batch is much messier and stinkier than the first. I moved them to the barn today because I couldn't stand the smell from my indoor brooders any more. I have been cleaning the brooder daily and they are still disgusting, the first batch wasn't anything like these.
I have raised them organically, and 7 weeks is a quick return for the investment. I haven't decided yet if I want to raise them again or not, they just gross me out on may levels. We raised Cornish Rock crosses when I was a kid ( 30 some odd years ago), and we used those as dual purpose. We often kept back a few of the pullets as layers. I would love to find something equivalent to those, today. Does any one have any suggestions? I would love to hear them.