Meat birds with nice feathers, how long til processing?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by shortstaque, Oct 10, 2010.

  1. shortstaque

    shortstaque Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My sister just asked me to recommend a meat bird or dual purpose bird that has nice feathers. My sister wants the meat. My mother wants the feathers for crafts. They are in north central Pennsylvania so the spring and fall can be quite cold and even the summers often don't get too hot and still have cool nights, so birds that tolerate the cold is more important than heat tolerance. They probably wouldn't raise meat birds during the winter of course, but it does get bitter cold in the winter. Does anyone have any recommendations?

    If they chose to go with a dual purpose breed and keep some hens for layers, how long does it usually take for the roos to get to processing size?
     
  2. eKo_birdies

    eKo_birdies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i would just go w/ some freedom rangers. the hatchery is close by and the birds come in a wide range of colors and various patterns such as barring and lacing. the hackles on some of the boys are beautiful. they should be done in 12-14 weeks depending on how you raise them.

    and of course... the meat is OUTSTANDING!
     
  3. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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  4. shortstaque

    shortstaque Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, I've read a few things about the freedom rangers. Don't know why I didn't think of them.
     
  5. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    Definitely Freedom Rangers. They have great colors, and you get a mixed bag of colors at that.
     

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