What are the the best meat birds that grow up to 5 lbs or 6 lbs .

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by chicken crazed 1o1, Aug 13, 2011.

  1. chicken crazed 1o1

    chicken crazed 1o1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi i am looking for a good meat breed that is 5 lbs or 6 lbs . no cornish cross
     
  2. chicken crazed 1o1

    chicken crazed 1o1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone ?
     
  3. Baymule

    Baymule Chillin' With My Peeps

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    check over on the meat birds section.
     
  4. chicken crazed 1o1

    chicken crazed 1o1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    were is that
     
  5. eatmorechicken

    eatmorechicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:5-6 lbs Dressed or live? Are you looking for something with lots of breast meat, or is something that is long and slender ok?
     
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  6. chicken crazed 1o1

    chicken crazed 1o1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    when dreesed and alive
     
  7. Hillbilly Hen

    Hillbilly Hen Overrun With Chickens

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    How about Delawares? They used to be the meat bird of choice years ago before the cornish x's.
     
  8. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    Plymouth White Rocks are always a good safe bet, big, fast growers and great chickens to own, if you can buy from a breeder even better, but if you have to go with inferior Hatchery birds the white rocks haven't been mix bred to death as often as all the other breeds.
     
  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Quote:Sorry can't happen. [​IMG] "Dressed" refers to birds that have been killed, plucked, and eviscerated.
     
  10. Brunty_Farms

    Brunty_Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:The best birds to grow to that rate dressed? I think you have to be a bit more specific in what your looking for. Overall, cornish crosses are going to give you that weight in less than 9 weeks. Some DP roosters will never reach that weight dressed, and the ones that do are 18-24 weeks.... and even that's pushing it for 6 pounds.

    Even at 6 pounds you're looking at a lot of bone to meat ratio and not the best quality of bird in my opinion. Honestly if your looking for a 6 pound dressed weight bird the Cornish cross is your answer. However if you aren't interested in the CX I would start thinking in terms of a lower weight class like 3-4 pounds. By the time DP roosters hit 6 pounds you are talking an older bird that's a little harder to cook.


    I'm used to young roosters or CX's... but you can reach those goals.

    Just about any heavy breed DP will get 6 pounds dressed weight if you buy from a breeder. Hatchery stock is skinny.
     

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