Cornish - A good choice for a sustainable & free ranging flock?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by kristen2678, Mar 24, 2013.

  1. kristen2678

    kristen2678 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have been considering meat birds for a few years now. I think I like the Cornish. We are looking for a bird with minimal comb for the Maine winters, a good/great forager, something we can process in the 12/13 week range (or less), and something with dark coloring. We'd likely keep a quad every year so we can raise our own. I had also considered Marans or Welsumers but I worry about grow out time.

    Thoughts?Suggestions?Other ideas? Thanks.
     
  2. For sustainability you could use any number of chickens. For the 12-13 weeks you could use cornish. Or have you considered crossing a cornish with a partridge rock. You'll get a little more meat and still have a darker color.
     
  3. kristen2678

    kristen2678 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Crossing with a rock is a nice idea. Could give them better egg production too.
     

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