Dual-Purpose Flock Owners UNITE!

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by MamaDragon, Sep 1, 2008.

  1. MamaDragon

    MamaDragon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Greetings All!

    Looking for others who are raising dual-purpose flocks....

    I'm not meaning a laying flock and a meat flock at the same location, but one group of chickens doing double duty.

    Edited to add:

    When I TRY to ask about the best birds/crosses for dual purpose, most of the time I get told to buy this or that meat-specific bird, butcher at 6 - 16 weeks, and away ya go...... or cross this for that sex-link (first generation), and try eating those. Either way, they're talking regular purchases of outside source eggs/birds... and that's NOT what I mean at all.

    I'm talking about a Self-perpetuating, multi-generational, decent table meat, decent egg layers, true Old-Fashioned Farmyard flock.
    If you've got too many roosters, you butcher the excess... If you have too many hens, or hens that aren't producing the way you expect... you butcher..... If you got company coming, and nothing in the freezer, you go grab a chicken, quickly butcher one out, and plan accordingly.

    I'm talking Out on the Frontier, Before the Civil War... type of farmyard flock. One group of chickens does it all!


    Kathy

    Mods- if this is the wrong place, please move.... didn't know whether to put this in the Meat Birds, Breeds & Genetics, Where are you?, or where. Tks.
     
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  2. Chicken_Lover4567

    Chicken_Lover4567 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yay! Go dual prupose people! LOL Barred rocks are dual purpose chickens, aren't they? [​IMG]
     
  3. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    By duel purpose do you mean keeping the hens, and eating the roos, if so, I do that. [​IMG]

    seiously have Buckeyes, and Barred Rocks, and Brahma,s( I think they are considered duel purpose)
     
  4. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    Have Black Austrolorps, a few RIR/EE mixed mutts, White Rocks, Buff Os, NHR, RIR, Doms, Black Stars, Partridge Rocks, and a few other mutt dual-purpose breeds. Does that count? Have 31 total.
     
  5. MamaDragon

    MamaDragon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, they count.... if you are raising birds for both eggs and table meat from the Same Flock... that's what I'm talking about.
     
  6. 12 Acres

    12 Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've got a flock of 15:

    5 Buff Orpingtons
    1 Buff Rock
    2 Barred Rocks
    6 Black Australorps
    1 SS Hamburg cockerel

    It's a nice flock full of personality! I write about my birds regularly in my blog. It's linked in my website link.
     
  7. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I like to think of buff orps and araucana as trio purpose. Good for meat, eggs and sustainability (hatch & rear their own young). [​IMG]

    Jody
     
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  8. hensdeliverthegoods

    hensdeliverthegoods Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Wow, what a good point! You've got me thinkin' now.... [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  9. MagsC

    MagsC Queen Of Clueless

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    Thats what I am HOPING to do, though dont plan at this point on butchering hens.
     
  10. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    I should be culling soon and if I buy the straight run chicks I will be culling all exept maybe 1 rooster and I have a nice laying flock now.

    Henry
     

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