broiler or cockerel

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by obsessed, Jan 3, 2008.

  1. obsessed

    obsessed Songster

    Jan 3, 2008
    Slidell, LA
    I was wondering whether it would be better to purchase the cornish x broilers or general male chickens...

    I was looking at the mcmurry hatchery and saw that you could get a mixed lot of males for pretty cheap.... but I suppose they take longer to grow....

    so my question is what would be better...
  2. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

    Sep 20, 2007
    Northeast Texas
    If you want lots of meat, go with Broilers. Standard breed roosters do not usually have a lot of meat on them by the time most suggest that you cull them.
  3. obsessed

    obsessed Songster

    Jan 3, 2008
    Slidell, LA
    I want something pretty and broilers are not....

    I guess the question becomes

    is a dual purpose really a duel purpose...

    and from the form I get yes and no...
  4. skeeter

    skeeter Songster

    Nov 19, 2007
    Parma Idaho
    I dont know if the"duel purpose" breed will ever get as meaty as the cornish x,but you can get them big enough to eat it will take more time and take more feed and the meat will probally be a little more stringy and tougher but vey good flavor especially if they get to free range some
  5. brooster

    brooster Songster

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    I would go with the broilers. Thats what i use for the fair and for outr own freezer. The males can look very pretty after you give them a bath and whiten them up. They are very nice because they are kinda lazy. [​IMG]
    if you want some really pretty birds get some broilers from McMurray and get a few pretty birds to keep. My meat birds won reserve grand champion at the fair just to show thier quaility. i was very impressd with the broilers. Thier purebreds are nice just not show quality.
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Dual purpose is not really "dual" when compared to the meat birds from the store ( cornish x). 8 weeks to reach 4-6 lbs dressed weight, vs 6 months to MAYBE reach that weight with a dual purpose.
  7. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    You will find all dual purpose breeds disappointing as meat chickens (unless you are a freak for coq au vin like we are) compared with the Cornish Cross commercial broiler. I'd get a few crops of standard meat chickens under your belt before you start experimenting with dual purpose breeds or your own breeding.

    Also, if you affix little swords to your chickens and let them fight, then you have a duel purpose breed.

  8. urbanagrarian

    urbanagrarian Songster

    Feb 4, 2007
    You said "I want something pretty and broilers are not...."

    My layers are my "pretty" chickens.

    I actually like the fact that my broilers all look the same. It makes it a bit easier on butchering day when they all look the same and I can't recognize individuals.

    I think getting cockerels cheep can be false economy. The Cornish cross have a great conversion rate.

    Like greyfields I'm a coq au vin freak and only make it when I have an authentic "coq" and I do love the taste of an older chicken. However, I mostly fill my freezer with Cornish cross that dress out to over 5lbs for me in 8 weeks.
  9. chicken crazy

    chicken crazy In the Brooder

    Duals are good if you eat by about 5 months. Before the whole hybrid bird evolved and the mass industrialized meat industry was born duals were what the family farm raised and ate.
  10. nmred

    nmred In the Brooder

    Nov 11, 2007
    I'm surprised Greyfields didn't mention the Freedom Ranger chickens. I plan on trying them this spring. They sound like a great meat bird but are VERY pretty, especially the new Golder Ranger. Go to the thread about Freedom Rangers that Greyfields started to find out more. It has a link to the FR website. By the way, they are cheaper than McMurray.
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2008

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