Meat Bird Newbie Questions

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by enggass, Nov 20, 2012.

  1. enggass

    enggass Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2010
    Mid-Coast Maine
    Hi all, I have had layer chickens for the past 3+ years. This coming Spring I plan on getting some meat birds. A few questions.
    I am in the Northeast - what would be the best month to get them? I am thinking May as that is when my brooder will be available after my first hatch of layers. How long do meat birds need heat? I know they grow quickly...

    Next, what breed and source can you all recommend me getting them from? I'm thinking Cornish as opposed to Rangers. What are my options? Breeds? Breeders? Hatcheries?

    Any input appreciated.
  2. gmendoza

    gmendoza Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2010
    Rock Hill,SC
    I have dark cornish roo and two hens and a cockerelle.

    They by far are so meaty,and dual purpose.My roo, Cogburn, is a mating machine!! he sires out more hens than roos.

    good breed,good choice,chicks hatch out great and good Om Nom Nomity Nom Nom! [​IMG]
  3. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    gmendoza, what do you think about the red broilers vs/black broilers? which are the best?
  4. gmendoza

    gmendoza Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2010
    Rock Hill,SC
    Dont really know since I havent grown any red broilers before.I did the hybrid cornish whites, and the non-hybrid dark cornish,so I cant make a comparrison. If they grow out in 8 weeks then they are hybrids.Our dark cornish are normal birds,not frankenchicken.They grow out normal speed,but buld up along the way.
  5. Buster52

    Buster52 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 28, 2009
    Geronimo Oklahoma
    Cornish Cross would work fine in your area. May would be a good time to start, since your summers aren't all that hot.

    Meyers and McMurray hatcheries have good luck.
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2012
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