What breed do you use for meaties and why?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Delighted, May 21, 2011.

  1. Delighted

    Delighted Out Of The Brooder

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    We're looking into getting some meat birds, and all I've ever hear was the name Cornish Rock--until here! So what's the best in your opinion and why?


    Also, I'm wondering if there's a local place in NW GA to pick up some meat chicks.

    TIA
     
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  2. Salt and Light

    Salt and Light Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Freedom Rangers because they are more active than X-rocks. Thus, spreading waste deposits over larger area.
     
  3. Mrs. Mucket

    Mrs. Mucket Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When we started out thinking about meat birds we heard about so many challenges with Cornish X that we kept looking. For ethical and practical reasons, we wanted a bird that could live a normal healthy life, would actively forage, didn't have a short processing window, and could reproduce.

    We started with Freedom Rangers and really liked raising them. They taste great and we've processed them at a range of 10-13 weeks. We have plenty of pasture and can fit three batches of meaties into our season. It works for us. I have looked into red and black broilers but all the hatcheries I talked to said they would not recommend keeping them over for breeding. We have one-year-old Rangers that are reproducing what so far look like pretty good replicas of the parents (oldest are seven weeks now).
     
  4. jdopler

    jdopler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mrs Mucket,
    please keep us up to date on your ranger babies! I would love to hear if they breed true, I have stuck to DP breeds for that reason. but would like to have some that fill out faster.
     
  5. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    I raise the Cornish X almost every year and they do great, I loose a few as chicks but thats no different then any other breeds. I feed whole grains, not commercial feed which slows down their growing. They also free range and wander all over the place, not lazy at all IMO
     
  6. Delighted

    Delighted Out Of The Brooder

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    What's the difference between Cornish Rock and Cornish X?

    Do Freedom Rangers process at about 5 lbs? (Around 8-12 weeks?) I do like the idea of breeding our own, but I have read the the Cornish Rocks are really easy to process-- easier than most chickens. We just processed 14 "extras" this weekend. (extra roos and hens that were no longer laying). It wasn't too horrible except for two of the roosters my son and I had named--but they still were extras



    I'd love to buy locally, but I need 50-75, so I'm thinking I have to go through a hatchery. Locally would be Atlanta and vicinity. Any such place? Or can anyone recommend a good hatchery?

    Thanks
     
  7. Mrs. Mucket

    Mrs. Mucket Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Last year our Rangers weighed from 3.5 - 6.5# dressed, at 10-13 weeks. I have heard of heavier weights from others.

    Jdopler, I will keep you posted. My kids are asking for photos so I'll take some this week.
     
  8. Dogfish

    Dogfish Rube Goldberg incarnate

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    CX only. They work well, and if I push them to 10 weeks I can get a finished bird in excess of 8lbs dressed. Once I'm done, I've got my meat for 6 months.
     
  9. homesteadapps

    homesteadapps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mrs. Mucket :

    Last year our Rangers weighed from 3.5 - 6.5# dressed, at 10-13 weeks. I have heard of heavier weights from others.

    Jdopler, I will keep you posted. My kids are asking for photos so I'll take some this week.

    The Cornish X Hybrid will give the fastest growth but if its for your own use.

    Considering Dual Purpose Breeds?


    We've had weights of 3.5 - 4 pounds from our Buckeyes at 20 weeks. Inch and a half to two inch breast The buckeyes are also great at foraging.

    White Rocks or Buckeyes are a decent choice if you are looking for a sustainable flock.​
     
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  10. Lazy J Farms Feed & Hay

    Lazy J Farms Feed & Hay Chillin' With My Peeps

    We raise Commercial Broilers exclusively for our meat bird needs for two major reasons: Feed Conversion and Meat Yield.
     

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