Best meat bird.

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Chicken Girl, May 5, 2009.

  1. Chicken Girl

    Chicken Girl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We would like to know what the best TASTING meat bird is. The cornesh X rocks are good for fast meat, but they dont tast as good as they could. What are the best? Thanks! And we need to order are birds soon!


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  2. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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  3. Birch Run Farm

    Birch Run Farm Biddy up!

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    I've never noticed a taste difference between my meaty Cornish cross broilers and excess layer cockerels. They are all yummy!
     
  4. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
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    I have heard that Java's are the tastiest chicken meat. We have mottled javas and our excess roos will be dinner....we'll see if it's true.
     
  5. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
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    I have heard that the Buckeyes are great, but I haven't butchered any of mine yet, but that's part of what they were bred for originally.
     
  6. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

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    The only difference between different breeds taste (especially broiler birds and home-raised birds) is the difference in feed.

    Broilers are meant to have a nice, fast developing flesh that remains tender. Dual purpose breeds are meant to be used for either eggs or meat. The dual purpose birds will become tough if not processed early in life. Broilers will remain tender until approximately a year of age, if you can keep one alive that long.
     
  7. Chicken Girl

    Chicken Girl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We thought are broilers would tast better. They are not tender like the good ones at the store. so how old do you butcher a dual bird? Thanks!


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  8. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

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    You can butcher a dual purpose at any time, but they are most tender if you butcher before 6 months of age. Of course they're not full grown by then...
     

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