Best dual purpose breeds for meat

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by yikyak, Oct 13, 2015.

  1. yikyak

    yikyak In the Brooder

    Sep 25, 2015
    Candy land,USA
    Hi I have a flock of light Sussex and when I butchcered them the meat was pretty good. I'm just wondering what breeds have the best meat while still laying quite abit of eggs. Thank you in advance!

  2. MungoSummer

    MungoSummer In the Brooder

    Jul 12, 2015
    South of England
    What age did you cull them? I have an 18 week old Buff Sussex cock bird I'm rearing for meat. I was expecting him to be ready now but he still feels really bony. He's on grass with unlimited growers pellets which I'm now making into a mash to encourage him to eat more. I have some RIR, Speckled Sussex and Light Sussex which are younger also growing for meat - it's my first season of this and am worried that they may be tough if I leave them for too long.
  3. yikyak

    yikyak In the Brooder

    Sep 25, 2015
    Candy land,USA
    I cull mine at 18 weeks old because I read somewhere that is the best time to. Mine were pretty bony because of bad time keeping( left them for a week without food my accident.) but I was wondering what breeds pack the most meat while still laying a lot of eggs.
  4. GaryDean26

    GaryDean26 Chicken Czar

    Dec 22, 2011
    McAlester, OK
    My Coop
    The Delaware, Dorking, Heritage New Hampshire, Heritage Plymouth Rock are breeds that I would consider.

    If you already have Sussex then you are about set it they are from a well breed utility line.

    I had Black Copper Marans and Basque Hens for my Dual Purpose breeds. I liked the Marans better. They out laid my Basque hens, and were larger fuller birds too.

    I am now down to just keeping Cream Legbars. They are a laying breed but we still use them for meat.

    If you are looking for a meat bird that is a true dual purpose bird the Sussex it is. I recommend the Delaware because ti was the #1 commercial meat bird in the US before the cornish crosses took over the industry and if you are looking for a meat bird that can lay well they are a top choice. I recommend the Dorking because they were breed to have soft meat even in older birds and spent layers. That always appealed to me because our meat comes from culls and may of those culls are retired flock members rather than 16 weeks old surplus cockerels. The New Hampshires and Plymouth like the Sussex are both well round dual purpose birds. It really just depends on who you get them from as to what quality they will be. If you get any of the dual purpose breeds from a person that had paid close attention to growrates, mature weights, and utilities you will be happy. If you get the same breed from some one that doesn't measure and work at improving utilities you probably won't be happy.

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