Dual Purpose Birds?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Chef Pizghetti, Nov 2, 2012.

  1. Chef Pizghetti

    Chef Pizghetti Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi All,

    I'm still relatively new to this site and to keeping chickens, and currently have a mixed flock of 4 hens. I'm planning do do some expansion and add a few extra birds next year. I decided to get chickens primarily for egg laying, but looking at some of the hens (my speckled sussex in particular), they are huge bodied birds! I don't anticipate having to thin the flock anytime soon, but was wondering:

    - Are older laying birds (2-3 years old) worthwile for eating (not too tough)?
    - Are there egg laying breeds (other than leghorns) that aren't good for the table?
    - Does it cause the other birds significant stress and disrupt the pecking order when you remove their flockmates?
    - How should I handle introducing new birds (before I remove the older ones, or afterward)?

    Just looking for any experience that other members have had.

    Thanks,
    Omari
     
  2. Y N dottes

    Y N dottes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ive heared different ideas on wether old birds are worth eating....some have said 'ewww, disgusting' whiles others think using them in stews and such is a good idea.
    Most chickens are fine for eating, just that the hens of egg laying breeds are prized for their egg laying and arent used fro dinner. of course, if u get roosters of an egg laying breed, and dont want them for breeding, then they would work just as well for eating.
     
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  3. kizanne

    kizanne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think the old layers are great!!!. You just have to remember that you can't roast it and have great chicken. Try a crockpot or Couq of Vin. They will be very flavorful but chewier. Long, slow, moist heat will make them quite edible.
     
  4. kingsfarm

    kingsfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, just bought 20 Barred Rock as our dual purpose chicken, told they lay well and get large....med-large eggs, am after meat...what have you chosen? good luck..all info great....thanks
     

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