New to Meat Chickens

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Chicken03, Jan 3, 2010.

  1. Chicken03

    Chicken03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was thinking about getting some meat chickens this spring. What is a good breed to start with? What about a good number? I don't think I'll be selling any just enough for the family. Are they raised much diffrently than any other chicken? Thanks for any replys.
     
  2. feetsoup

    feetsoup Out Of The Brooder

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    If meat is your goal, Cornish X can't be beat. There's a ton of information on different threads here about the peculiarities of raising these birds; just look around!
     
  3. gkeesling

    gkeesling Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm going to get some meat chickens this spring and I'll be getting cornish x. They grow very fast and can be processed in about 8 weeks.
     
  4. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    Go with Cornish X, and I'd get 25, which is the minimum for most hatcheries to ship. I wouldn't start with more until you get it figured out.
     
  5. Chicken03

    Chicken03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the replys. I am planning on leaving the chickens in my small field in fenced in areas. As long as they have protection form the weather, do they have to have a coop or can they stay in the pens at night?
     
  6. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    No need for a coop. Mine stay in a tractor all night.
     
  7. mountainpridefarm

    mountainpridefarm Out Of The Brooder

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    I am assuming jaku means a chicken tractor...just in case that may be your next question! [​IMG]
     
  8. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Yup.
     

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