Hi all... I will start raising and processing my own chicken (for my partner, as I'm vegetarian - how did this happen? ha ha) but don't want the cornish cross. Want to go with a heritage bird that is not altered or unnatural. I've done a little research and read that Dorkings are a great heritage meat bird and have very white meat. Plus, I could help a rare breed by keeping some as egg layers. Also heard that RIR are very good. Can anyone give me their input on this? I'm assuming I'll have to raise them 20 to 22 weeks but will have them hatched and raised by my silkie so don't have to worry about egg hens picking on them as they'll be integrated day one and I have a very large area.
Look forward to any input!