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Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by evergreen001, Aug 13, 2013.
what's the best meat birds besides Cornish X?
Freedom Rangers for something that grows almost as fast.
For much slower growing heritage meat which also leads to more flavor. Dorking, Black Penedesenca and Poulet Bresse.
Welcome Evergreen001 to BackYard Chickens. Im sure you will find the vast community here a great resource of knowledge and expeirence.
Well all chickens have meat on their carcasses so what make for the best meat bird can be a matter of opinion. What are you looking for in a chicken beside meat? Laying ability? Over all size? Growth rate? Feed conversion ratio? Broodiness? Egg color? Temperment? Color? Forage ability? Cold/Heat tolerences? Basically what do have for expectations of a "meat" bird.
Here is a link to your same question: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/754619/best-meat-breed
I love my Delawares when it comes to an alernative to the Modern Commercial hybrid broilers.
my backyard of cornish sustain just fine for me and others. real cornish, not the knock off CX birds.
We have Dark Cornish and they make great meat birds for us, we also like Marans for the taste. This year we have been breeding Marans hens to DC roosters to see if we can get the best of both worlds. The offspring are about 3 months old now so we still have a ways to go on them.
I find that my dark cornish aren't my best backyard meat bird as they are a little too 'show quality'. some of my other colors not only out perform them, but are more pleasing to the eye!
Wishfull thinking ... the Cornish X has NO peer !!
I would love some pics as i have some half breeds with a White Laced Red cornish roo over buckeyes, orpington, new hampshire reds, chantecler, dominiques, white rock, Rhode Island White, and DelawarexOrpington hens. Mine will be 4 months on tuesday. Which turns out to be butchering day. I get pics put on my profile.
In the volume of meat produced...true. In growth rate and feed conversion...true. In inability to range and naturally reproduce...true. In flavor or lack there of...true.
Haters gonna hate... I am the Cornish cross hater.LOL
First 2 points are true , while the last 2 are false . If only one takes the time , education, and have culinary skills one would hummmmmm a different tune.