Best Bantam Heritage Breed for Meat?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by NightHeronFarm, Jul 6, 2010.

  1. NightHeronFarm

    NightHeronFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi All, Due to space restrictions and flock dynamics I need to stick with bantam breeds. I was wondering what you have found to be the best producing, most flavorful, bantam, heritage meat bird to be?

    Thanks!!!
     
  2. dancingbear

    dancingbear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have you considered bantam cross-breeds? Bantam dark Cornish roo over bantam Brahma hens, or other breed? The reason I ask is that usually if you're using heritage breeds, a cross of 2 breeds will yield a faster growing bird than a purebred. The 2 I mentioned both have good body shape, and I've tried crosses of the full sized versions with good results, so the bantams, though smaller, I would think would have a similar body configuration. The Cornish gives that nice breast, the Brahmas have meaty legs, and are also broad, meaty birds.

    Standard Cornish roo is a good choice for the terminal sire for a meat cross, I haven't done a lot with this yet, but from what I've read of other folks experiments, Cornish roo over pretty much any other heavy breed hen, will give you a pretty good meat bird.

    There was a member raising bantams for meat, who was pleased with what he or she had, but I don't remember who that was, or what variety/varieties of bantams were being used.
     

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