SW PA -- split order of colored range broilers?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by brandywine, Dec 9, 2008.

  1. brandywine

    brandywine Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2008
    Western PA
    I want to raise a batch of colored range broilers from JM this spring.

    I only want to raise about 25-30 birds (first stab at meat birds) and am looking to split an order of chicks with someone so we can get the significant savings of ordering 50 or 100+ chicks.

    Somewhat flexible about timing, but would like to start the birds maybe early April.

    I am located in Harmony, in southern Butler County.

    Feel free to pass along.
  2. SandraMort

    SandraMort Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 7, 2008
    If it turns out that you're unable to find someone closer, I plan order some in the Saugerties NY area.
  3. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    I'm in NEPA and I planned to do a few meaties in the spring, so keep me in mind too [​IMG]
  4. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    Brandywine, order the 50. You will lose a few and could do staggered
    processing. The Range Broilers aren't as consistent as Cornish X.

    They are such cool birds. You may find yourself keeping a few for
    your laying flock.

    Get a big freezer.

  5. brandywine

    brandywine Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2008
    Western PA
    Hi Guys --

    I think the fifty cent savings on a chick won't justify splitting an order between NY/NE PA/SW PA. Gas prices would have to go awful low for that to make sense.

    PC, I'm considering it. Maybe I could sell "started" chicks for a little more than I pay for them. My main concern is coop/pen space as they get larger. I do want to try some portable pens.

    Will the range broilers live healthy lives as laying hens? Do they have a good productivity?

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