What breed of Meatie should I order?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by mamachicken, Jan 10, 2009.

  1. mamachicken

    mamachicken New Egg

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    Hi all.
    We want to grow something different from the usual Cornish X this year. This is going to be our 2nd year of growing meaties and I'd like to go with a bird that enjoys eating a little grass now and then. The Cornish basically sat in front of thier feeders and only moved when we moved the chicken tractor. They are tasty birds, but I want something less 'genetically altered', more heritage and something that likes to eat bugs, dirt and grass (beside it's usual grain). I know that the heritage birds take a little longer to grow out - that's OK.
    I read about the Kosher King breed, but cant seem to find a hatchery or breeder that is local. (We live in Minnesota)

    Anyone have suggestions on where I can find these or another breed that might work just as well?
     
  2. Laskaland

    Laskaland ThE gRoOvY cHiCkEn

    Aug 2, 2008
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    I ordered my meaties this time from www.JMhatchery.com They are called colored free rangers, will do really well in the tractors, and have a better feed conversion ration because they actually like to eat grass and bugs, and...
    They take slightly longer to reach max size (maybe 2 weeks longer) but the mortality rate is lower.

    Good Luck!
    Christina
     
  3. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    I second Laskaland.

    Our Colored Range Broilers were AWESOME!!!! We also did a batch
    of Cornish X in 2008. jmhatchery.com is a pleasure to deal with also.

    Here is a pic of a 7 week old Ranger on a scale. My son hypnotized it
    on the scale.

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    Some of ours after we processed:

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  4. mamachicken

    mamachicken New Egg

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    Thanks for the info!!
     
  5. mamachicken

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    Good grief - how do you hypnotize a chicken? I'd like to do that to a couple of my layer Roos that like to attack!!
     
  6. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    yes please explain the hypno thing!
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  7. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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