Home-grown Meatbird ideas.....

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by SamG347, Jun 30, 2008.

  1. SamG347

    SamG347 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2007
    PA
    I was just sitting around today thinking about what two birds would I think of crossing to maybe create a good MEAT BIRD. I know the first cross probably wouldnt give me a winner but these are all the different crosses I wouldnt mind expirementing with in the future.

    Chickens:

    Easter Egger x Sexlink
    Dark Cornish x Sexlink
    Delaware x Dark Cornish
    Orpington x Sexlink
    Orpington x Brahma


    Ducks:

    Silver Appleyard x Pekin
    Muscovy x Pekin


    Turkey:

    White Holland x Standard Bronze


    Geese:

    White Embden x Chinese


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  2. hwerner

    hwerner Out Of The Brooder

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    From personal experience, the easter egger and sex link is not a bad table bird. Real juicy after being cooked as a whole bird on the grill for a little over an hour. We have cross bred boys all over the place, and we raise them for dinner. I haven't had the pleasure of the others you listed, but the barred rock/RIR cross isn't a bad dinner either.
     
  3. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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  4. SamG347

    SamG347 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2007
    PA
    So it is possible to breed using the Freedom rangers from JM?
    Thanks grey!
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  5. SamG347

    SamG347 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2007
    PA
    I also forgot about...

    Buff Cornish
    White Laced Red Cornish

    I will have to think of crosses for those too. Im thinking...

    Cornish x Sexlink
    Cornish x Delware

    Will be the better birds. Possibly even the Brahma. Im not expecting AMAZING birds but I really enjoy making something out of nothing!

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  6. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    Your homegrown crossbreeds will grow far better than any purebred will for meat. I do it, I eat them. But I don't sell them. The body shape just isn't quite right.
     
  7. Jenlyn9483

    Jenlyn9483 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, FL
    im going to try white leghorn, white rocks adn white leghorn/ white cornish. Maybe some white leghorn pullets to WLR cornish bantam for small meat birds to eat as cornish type hens. The other day I butchered two 16 week old pullets, one barred rock and one Black sexlink. They were no where near as broad breasted as I would like. I think they would have done best as whole birds. I skinned them and cut them into serving peices and put the legs, wings, and thighs in chicken and rice. I can wait til my cornish X rocks get of age. I want some big breast, these heavy breeds take forever to mature! best as eggers for sure. My Americauna's seem way to slender to be a good meat bird at 18 weeks now but they do get big, just takes a while.
     
  8. SamG347

    SamG347 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2007
    PA
    I think I will stick with the following crosses....

    Chicken:

    Cornish x Deleware
    Cornish x Sexlink
    Cornish x Rock
    Cornish x Brahma
    Cornish x Orpington


    Ducks:

    Muscovy x Pekin
    Rouen x Pekin

    Turkey:

    White Holland x Bourbon Red

    Geese:

    White Embden x Tolouse


    Those will all be crosses I plan to tinker with in the future.
     
  9. imprimis

    imprimis Out Of The Brooder

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    How about

    Cornish X Dorkings?
     
  10. Ace_king_brahma

    Ace_king_brahma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmmm... how about:

    Cornish x broadbreasted turkey. Lol sorry couldn't resist one lil joke.
     

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