Meat/egg combo, what breed?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by seafooeymama, Feb 11, 2010.

  1. seafooeymama

    seafooeymama Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 11, 2010
    I am new to chickens, and would like to order 25 birds, with the idea of keeping 10 layers and 15 meat birds. McMurrays has the combo, with varied layers and the meat birds being cornish and cornish X. Should I go this route, or is it better to get 25 dual purpose birds? Do I have to keep my meat birds and layers separate? Any advice is appreciated!
  2. dancingbear

    dancingbear Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2008
    South Central KY
    That combo could be really nice to start with, and give you a chance to try a variety of layer breeds. With just a 15 meaties to start, you wouldn't be overwhelmed with birds to process. I've had meaties ad dual purp chicks together, and they did fine. The only real problem was that the meat birds are very messy, and you have to clean the housing frequently, unless you have a movable tractor. They can make it hard for the smaller bird to get to the feed, too, so you may want to separate them.

    The meaties will grow super fast, and you can butcher them in 7-10 weeks. You can do a few earlier for "Cornish game hen" size birds, if you want.

    You might want to see if other hatcheries have a similar deal, and find a better price.
  3. seafooeymama

    seafooeymama Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 11, 2010
    Thanks so much for your input! After reading multiple posts, I may go with dual purpose breeds.
  4. Mr.Bojangles

    Mr.Bojangles Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 23, 2010
    Ayden,NC 28513
    I find that the dual purpose birds have a better flavor due to the slower growth and free ranging.
  5. BirchHatchery

    BirchHatchery Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 2, 2009
    same i agree mr bojangle

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