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Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by hunter58, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. hunter58

    hunter58 In the Brooder

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    what was your biggest- meat bird and was it still good to eat, and what was the weight ?
    I've read about some people using large birds instead of turkeys for thanksgiving, is this true?
     

  2. Brunty_Farms

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    Yes, it is. I used to raise about 15 cornish x a year for Thanksgiving. I would get the chickens around 10-14 lbs.

    Look for a good roaster strain, if your not familiar with one ask the hatcheries. I think McMurray has one.
     
  3. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

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    I just tried my first 6 meat chickens. They were cornish x. I ended up with 4 roos and 2 hens. The roos were about 12 pounds each (7-1/2 pounds dressed) and the hens were 5 pounds dressed, processed at 10-11 weeks. I was very happy with them - they tasted like chicken! We will be getting some more when this infernal cold weather ends.
     
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    I got a Purdue chick that was left behind on a truck. Some how it was overlooked and the truck was in for repair at a friends shop. He called me and I got it. I raised it with all my other birds. I kept him for aprox 14 months, not weeks, months. He weighed 24 pounds and was huge. I had to kill him because he got too mean. He could not jump up and spur me like a normal rooster he just head butted my feet. I cleaned him and his insides were of a normal birds size. heart,gizzard and all. the meat was huge and was tender. He tasted great.
     
  5. hunter58

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    would these larger birds do good on a big green egg, would they still be tender and juicy?
    I cant wait to grow some big ones to grill on the green egg !!!!!
     
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  6. heymikey

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    Quote:Uhhhmm, What isn't good on the Big Green Egg!!!

    Just loooove my egg!
     
  7. Brunty_Farms

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    What the heck is a big green egg?
     

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  9. hunter58

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    Quote:24 lbs wow, what would he dress out at,18 lbs ???????
     
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