good meat chicken

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by hunterblu123, Nov 21, 2010.

  1. hunterblu123

    hunterblu123 Chirping

    Aug 4, 2010
    SW Ohio
    What breeds of chickens are good meat bird. Right now I have cornish X and I don't like them. I've lost 1/2 of them b/c they keep smashing each other and they have lot's of space and they are very dirty birds.

  2. BobwhiteQuailLover

    BobwhiteQuailLover Country Girl[IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.

    Sep 25, 2010
    My friend has Jersey Giants!!

    Henderson's Breed Chart... tells which are classified as layers, which are Dual Purpose, and the ones that are NOW DP but were formerly meat birds... Brahmas, Jerseys, Langshan, & Orpingtons... not considered such anymore now that CX's and such are around. Also includes info about eggs size, color, number... attitude, cold and heat hardiness AND broodiness... so that if you go that route you can restore your flock without having to order chicks each year which I think is really neat. And includes the typical hen and roo weights for each breed too so you can compare which meat/DP gets the weight you want and look at laying and broody and hardiness for your area ... OH and it has a snowflake next to the ones that usually lay well through the winter too.

    Some awesome info in that chart.
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2010
  4. Robert Blosl

    Robert Blosl Rest in Peace -2013

    Mar 1, 2010
    Silverhill, Alabama
    type in Heritage Plymouth Rocks

    or Frank Reese Good Shepard Ranch.

    They have some three members of this board that have breeders who will be sharing their eggs with others this spring. They are breed for taste and they are good all around Plymouth Rocks. bob blosl Secetary Plymouth Rock Club

    you want be disapointed.
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2010
  5. pringle

    pringle Songster

    Apr 16, 2009
    How about some freedom rangers.I havent personally tried them myself but they are like cornish x's but take a little longer and actually move around and free range.

  6. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Crowing

    Jun 20, 2009
    Orange County, NY
    I had broilers, and truthfully, I had more meat on my roosters [​IMG]
  7. hunterblu123

    hunterblu123 Chirping

    Aug 4, 2010
    SW Ohio
    does anyone know what the average market weight age is for the australorps, buff orpington and the wyandottes?
  8. eKo_birdies

    eKo_birdies Songster

    May 11, 2010
    Northern Colorado
    the look of a dressed cornish carcass is gross to me. that's one of the things i appreciate about freedom rangers... their carcass actually looks like a chicken carcass instead of a nasty flesh colored balloon of sorts
  9. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady

    Apr 22, 2008
    upstate SC
    My blue copper and black copper Marans have a good weight and a fabulous taste to them! We prefer their meat over all other breeds of roos we eat. (We seldom eat any hens) Our banty Cochins even give us good meat but the taste is in the Marans, for sure![​IMG]

  10. speedy2020

    speedy2020 Songster

    Jul 24, 2010
    I like black cooper marans and rhode island red. I have few offspring cross between the 2. Will see how they are laying and meat flavor next year.

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