What Breed for meat and eggs in the deep south?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by galump, Feb 28, 2009.

  1. galump

    galump New Egg

    Jul 8, 2007
    Deep in a Florida Swamp
    Finally got out to the country and now need chickens. I want about 25 chicks to start off with. Put 20 of them in the freezer after growing them out and save 5 for egg laying. I will do my own "processing" as I have dressed out uncounted game animals over the years.

    What breed is the best for both eggs and meat? These will be free range as I have a yard full of bugs and little money for feed. I live in the deep south and these babies will have to deal with 100 degree heat and 98% humidity for most of the summer.

    Thanks for answering a question that has probably been asked 50 times.

  2. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    My Delawares love being free range birds down here in Franklin. So does my BR hen. My RSLs do quite well, but wouldn't make meat birds. There's a guy from the co-op who keeps Cochins as dual purpose birds. Orps seem to do well, too. You really aren't limited in your choices around here.

    BTW, [​IMG] from your neighbor to the south.
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2009
  3. Mojo Chick'n

    Mojo Chick'n Empress of Chickenville

    I'm starting a flock of Delawares, myself (south central KY here - about 100 miles north of Nashville)). I also have some Light Brahmas right now with my BIG Delaware rooster. (I've ordered dellie pullet chicks, and am getting some brahma chicks too - to have two flocks of purebreds.)

    I've been hatching out the Delaware over Brahma chicks, though, and they are some fat big chicks!!

    I have a mixed flock of layers, - black australorp, oeg, barred rock, new hampshire red, etc... but they are all dark chickens, and they have a harder time in the really bad heat. I'm hoping the lighter colored chickens will do better in the heat.

    I went with something that had some black in them, too, though, to make them not AS obvious to the hawks. Plus, I love the columbian pattern.

    My Dellie roo weighs probably a good 9 pounds, and he is about a year old. The brahma girls, even though they are fluffier, aren't lightweights, either. The mix chicks from them are MUCH larger than the chicks from my mixed laying flock.

  4. Southern Gardener

    Southern Gardener Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2008
    I don't know that I'd recommend Buff Orps. My two girls pant the worst. Last summer I found my sweet hen laying in the coop when I got home from work. She suffered heat exhaustion. I brought her inside and fed her water with electrolytes and yogurt. She was fine the next day and I put her back in the coop.

    I diligently spray the coop and the birds on hot days. My BR's and Americana's don't seem to be as effected by the heat.

  5. becky3086

    becky3086 Crested Crazy

    Oct 14, 2008
    Thomson, GA
    I have several breeds here but for meat and eggs, I would recommend the Barred Rocks.
  6. Patch of Heaven Farm

    Patch of Heaven Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    My RIR and barred rocks do great here but my RIR seem to be better layers than the rocks. The heat doesn't seem to bother them at all.
  7. packinaglock

    packinaglock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 8, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    Im in South Florida and I have RIR, BR, BO and a few mixed breed and they all seem to thrive well here. I don't think you will have a problem. My BO's seem to be the biggest meat wise and they also lay well.

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