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Best Meat breed that isn't plane white

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Morning Dove, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. Morning Dove

    Morning Dove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey, we have decided to build a new coop and have a meat flock. I've looked into the cornish x rock, but I'd rather raise something that's not your boring white industrial breed chicken. What's the next best fastest growing meat bird that isn't just white? Also, how much freezer space does 25 birds need?

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  2. danielbrown

    danielbrown Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Quote:Color rangers!
     
  4. ssledoux

    ssledoux Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I purchased something called a barred silver from Reichs poultry. They look like barred rocks, but are much more meaty and have the big legs like the cornish. I like them, but boy those roosters get ornery!
     
  5. ging3rhoffman

    ging3rhoffman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2009
    I was wondering the same exact thing...we currently have 12 white rocks and I'm not even sure if they are considered a good meat bird. I dont want the cornish either. Are the "rocks" considered a good meat bird? I've seen where some love the buff orphingtons but i have 2 that are hens and just way to sweet to butcher.
     
  6. danielbrown

    danielbrown Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. farmerlor

    farmerlor Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Color rangers!

    I've heard a lot of good things about the rangers but they are much slower to mature so your feed to meat ratio is going to be a little higher.....or maybe not, since some of those commercial meat chickens can really put the food away.
     
  8. Morning Dove

    Morning Dove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, I will look into them!

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  9. kinnip

    kinnip Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think the deal with the rangers is that they are good foragers, so you feed less.
     
  10. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2009
    College Station, Tx
    Just out of curiosity, why do you want a meat bird that isn't white?
     

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