Buff Orps or Delawares in a tractor?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by vermontgal, Mar 29, 2009.

  1. vermontgal

    vermontgal Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm interested in raising Buff Orpington or Delaware cockerels in a chicken tractor for meat. I already have a 4x6 a-frame tractor, and don't really want to build another one.

    Questions:

    • I like a pretty small table bird - 3 to 3.5 lbs is plenty (dressed). How old would each of these breeds need to be to reach that weight?

    • How many would I be able to raise in my 4x6 tractor? Some of the hatcheries (Meyers) have a price break at 11 birds. I'd be pleased if that worked.

    Thanks for any experience or opinions.
     
  2. Bossroo

    Bossroo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It will take the BO or Del. upwards of 6 months to reach a 3-3.5 pound carcass. On the other hand , the Cornish X will reach a 3-3.5 pound carcass in 6 weeks on the same amount of feed. The real difference will be TIME ...more times moving the tractor, more trips to the feed store, crowing, etc.
     
  3. max13077

    max13077 Chillin' With My Peeps

    How could you kill the buffy!? They're so sweet.

    X's on the other hand.... [​IMG]
     
  4. vermontgal

    vermontgal Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm not interested in raising Cornish X, but thanks for those comments... I'm also thinking about the colored rangers (JM Hatchery).

    Anyone have insights on my original questions?!
     

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