newbie question, rooster or hen for meat?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by unclejohn, Mar 4, 2014.

  1. unclejohn

    unclejohn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This year will be my first year raising chickens. Locally there are only two breeds I can choose from when getting chicks, grazers and cornish. I am going with the cornish. Am hoping to raise 50 or so birds.

    http://www.bergshatchery.com/cornish.shtml - that is the site I'm ordering from.


    Anyways my question is, which are raised for meat? the Hens or the Roosters? I'm assuming hens? what if i just ordered 50 mixed?
     
  2. CatalanState

    CatalanState Out Of The Brooder

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    The difference between rooster and hen is that the roo grows faster.
     
  3. chefchick

    chefchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The boys are much bigger at processing time. I try to get all males, but have gotten a few girls too in my mix when I got them from tractor supply. They are all delicious. I didn't notice any difference in the meat.
     
  4. DaveOmak

    DaveOmak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At what age do you butcher ?? Or go by weight.... When I raised rabbits, I butchered when they started eating too much food.... generally at 7 weeks....
     
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