Broilers

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by amy, Jan 21, 2007.

  1. amy

    amy New Egg

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    Can someone please tell me what I want to raise for my meat chickens: males or females??
     
  2. adoptedbyachicken

    adoptedbyachicken Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Both I think. I do the femails a bit early and they are the ones I part up, the peices are a nice size and the breasts are not so thick in the middle you have a time cooking them even. The boys I sometimes leave late and they are the ones I more likely leave whole for roasting. Personally I need more chicken in peices than whole so if I could I'd get more girls but often I just do the straight run.
     
  3. bmarshall61

    bmarshall61 Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay another dumb question. Will these boiler hen, Cornish X, ever lay and has anyone tried raising their own boilers?[​IMG]
     
  4. adoptedbyachicken

    adoptedbyachicken Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    They do not lay well, and most will not make it more than a year as they are genetic crosses that are bred to gain huge muscle without much else, so they go into heart failure. I had one cross off a cornish hen that only lasted 2 years too, so the first generation out is not much better.
     
  5. bmarshall61

    bmarshall61 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks April, I suspected as much. Never thought about them having such a short life span, maybe that will make them easier to kill and dress for the freezer.
     
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