what breed of meat birds are ready in 5-7wks that farms use?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by da-cajun-angla, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. da-cajun-angla

    da-cajun-angla Chillin' With My Peeps

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    im curious what kind of birds we buy in the store. i wanted to get a couple dozen to raise and put in the freezer.
    thanks,
    shaun
     
  2. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

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    They're not a specific "breed," but rather a line. There are different ones depending on where you shop, but they're all essentially the same. There's Ross, Cobb, Perdue, and a couple other smaller companies. The ones you buy from hatcheries are one of those lines.
     
  3. da-cajun-angla

    da-cajun-angla Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks for the info!
     
  4. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:The birds you buy in the grocery store are Cornish X's.
     
  5. Darin115

    Darin115 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you just want some for the freezer and don't care how they were raised you can call a chicken farmer and ask if you can have the broilers that are left after they come empty the house.

    Most farmers around here shoot the left over birds that escape the catchers or just let them roam until something kills them. My buddy goes and gets all that are left over from several houses around. He takes them to the flea market and sells them for $5-8 per bird. He has absolutely nothing in them but his time in catching them and the little bit of feed he feeds them before taking them to the sale. He generally gets 10-15 chickens every time they empty the chicken house.

    Darin
     
  6. walls0stone

    walls0stone Out Of The Brooder

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    friend of mine gathers roosters from people who hatch chicks with the children and give them away on Cragslist. Also, in the fall you can get 25 roos for .25 each if you keep looking.
     

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