Good meat breed?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by ejcate, Apr 3, 2009.

  1. ejcate

    ejcate Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 3, 2009
    I am going to raise three Buff Orpingtons as layers, they are about 6 months old now and just starting to lay.

    I want to raise three meat hens along side them.

    What are some good/average breeds?
    - They would need to get along with the Orps
    - Please state how old they are when they are ready for slaughtering and how much they weight at slaughtering time.

    Someone suggested Cornish x..... but aren't those considered a really small meat bird?

    Thank you.
  2. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    I think Cornish crosses get pretty big, actually. Try doing a search on them, a lot of people raise them.
  3. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    Cornish X are the preferred meat bird. They easily reach 6 lbs in 6 weeks. Fast growing and taste great. [​IMG]
  4. StrawberryHouseMouse

    StrawberryHouseMouse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2009
    Cleveland, Tennessee
    Easy question to answer. Cornish cross with out a doubt. Look at what they sell you in the stores. Its almost always cornish crosses.
  5. The Poultry Peanut

    The Poultry Peanut lives under rock

    Jersy Giants are good hens get to 10lbs and cocks get to 13lbs also Black Australorpes are good as well Rhode Island Reds are a choice Buff Orbingtons cocks get prety big Cuckoo Marans taste really good [​IMG]. hope that helps [​IMG]

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