Meat bird gender question

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by ticks, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    Is it better to get roosters for meat birds, because they have more meat?
     
  2. snowydiamonds

    snowydiamonds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Not necessarily, my second flock of CornishX was 9 pullets and 1 cockerel -they all weighed the same and dressed out the same. I do find the pullets easier to shed the feathers along the back than the cockerels.
     
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I do cockerals. They have always tended to grow out a bit bigger faster. I have always had sweet docile birds too.
     
  4. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    Quote:Mcmurray hatchery prices:

    Cornish Cross: males $1.75
    3 to 4 pounds

    Could these be meat birds?:
    Buff Orpington: males $.95
    9 to10 pounds

    White Rock: Males $.82
    8 to 9 pounds

    What should I go with?
     
  5. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I prefer the jumbo cornish cross.
     
  6. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    Quote:taste? or?
     
  7. fullhouse

    fullhouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Mcmurray hatchery prices:

    Cornish Cross: males $1.75
    3 to 4 pounds

    Could these be meat birds?:
    Buff Orpington: males $.95
    9 to10 pounds

    White Rock: Males $.82
    8 to 9 pounds

    What should I go with?

    It will take your Orphington and rock nearly a year to get that big. The Cornish x 8 weeks, 12-16 if you want a mini turkey.

    That said, we don't eat Cornish. We eat culled roos. I like them, they are just smaller and take longer.

    If you want good prices on Cornish X, call Meyer Hatchery. They are very reasonable.
     
  8. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I prefer the jumbos because in 10 weeks they are like small turkeys. With a large family the meat goes a long way and is still very tender and good eating. [​IMG]
     
  9. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    You'll spend 3 times the money on feed to get orpingtons or rock to those weights.

    The cornish cross is ready in 8-10 weeks, so your feed bill will be much lower.

    The orpingtons and rocks are great for a layer flock.
     
  10. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    Great thanks! I think I might get 25 next year and some BBB turkies.
     

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