Wanting to start raising meat chickens.

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Backyard Bob, Mar 24, 2013.

  1. Backyard Bob

    Backyard Bob Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello, I was wanting to start tinkering with some meat chickens. But I literally know nothing about meat chickens.
    How much do you sell your meat for per pound?
    What breed/cross do you use?
    What do you feed?
    How much space is required?
    Do you butcher them yourselves?
    Do yours free range?


    Any other tips would be greatly appreciated! I would like to learn all I can before I even think about purchasing.
     
  2. Hummingbird Hollow

    Hummingbird Hollow Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. Backyard Bob

    Backyard Bob Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you very much. Which breed do you like better?
     
  4. Hummingbird Hollow

    Hummingbird Hollow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So far the only one's I've raised from chick to freezer have been the Freedom Rangers. I would happily have done them again but have promised my husband that we'd have no more than 15...OK 18 at a time and I couldn't order less than 25 FRs. Perhaps I'll post a cost comparison when I'm done.
     
  5. paridisefarm2009

    paridisefarm2009 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You will love to get this once start to finish it is so rewarding

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  6. kingsfarm

    kingsfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Beautiful...love your set up...what breed of chicken did you butcher?
     
  7. kingsfarm

    kingsfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sorry .. visited the pics again and the breed is obvious...thanks for the pics...
     
  8. ozarkchicks

    ozarkchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    meat birds grown fast, faster on feed than if you free range. cornish x are easy and seem to grow very fast. be prepared though, cornish x are some of the sweetest most docile chickens there are, you may fall in love. are you wanting to sell the chicken or just keep it for your own personal use?
     
  9. Backyard Bob

    Backyard Bob Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would start out keeping for my personal use. Then I would sell the meat. The Cornish X you buy from hatcheries, can I keep a few hens back for breeding purposes?
     
  10. ozarkchicks

    ozarkchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think it would be really hard to keep a few hens for breeding. most cornish x don't even survive to egg laying age so I don't know if that would work
     

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