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Dual use bird

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Djcoak, Nov 26, 2015.

  1. Djcoak

    Djcoak Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 23, 2014
    We typically do layers and broilers once a year. Our layers ar a combo of Whyandotts and the broilers are red Rangers. I would like a dual purpose bird replacing 5-10 layers a year

    What is a good breed for this?
  2. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    I'd suggest that you look at the Breeds part of this site (just two to the left of the Forum icon) - it should help you identify ones that may be right for you.

  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Have you tried processing any of your Wyandottes? If you're happy with them as layers, they'd be a good breed. Mine have always looked about the same size as my Rocks, etc, but when you pick them up they're heftier and the boys process out with a nicer carcass, especially in the legs and thighs.
  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    X2 on the Wyandottes. Also, Australorps, Orpingtons, and Brahmas make excellent dual purpose birds. All of them are good layers (Australorps are excellent layers) and have a decent amount of meat on the carcass (especially the Brahmas).

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