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What breed to order? First time

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by dakunst, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. dakunst

    dakunst Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok, so we have decided to start raising meat birds this spring. We've been doing the eggs, no problem. It seems that many go with the cornish. After, reading about them, I think they seem so unnatural. . .the whole way they were bred to grow so fast. . not into it. I don't mind if the birds take longer to reach maturity. We live in the NJ and would want a hearty breed that could get outside when it still might be a little chilly. Any suggestions on what breed to go with?
     
  2. Johnn

    Johnn Overrun With Chickens

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    Sussex?? you will get eggs and they are supposed to be good table birds.
     
  3. red rangers
     
  4. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There are a lot of possibilities out there for you. Try to narrow down more than just a meat bird.

    Do you want something that:

    can forage to reduce feed costs?

    will reproduce on it's own, so broody, good mother?

    grow slowly or quickly (for a dual purpose bird)?

    is calmer?

    There are so many variables and so many breeds. The breeds tab at the top of the page lets you search for breeds by characteristics. Orpingtons, Delewares, New Hampshires, Rocks, Wyandottes are all possibilities but the list is (almost) endless.
     
  5. you should get straight run dual-purpouse birds. That way, you can eat the roosters and the hens will lay eggs
     
  6. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    I agree with the Red Ranger type broilers. McMurray has red broilers, Meyer has rainbow broilers and Ideal has the best deal at about $2 per chick straight run. Ideal offers a black and red broiler. All these grow slower than a cornish cross but faster than your dual purpose and will free range though that slows growth rate also. Basically more active than the Cornish X and not quite the speed of growth so have far less leg and other health issues.
     
  7. trunkman

    trunkman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think the cheapest way to get good layers is to start out by going to tractor supply, they carry good dual purpose birds like Rhode Island Reds, Barred Rocks, austrolorps, New Hampshire reds, ect. and they are very cheap, here they are 1.99 each with no minimum and no shipping fee. And I've never lost a bird to pasty butt or any other sickness for that matter. Plus here in SC Chick Days are here!! Check Tractor supply online and they'll tell you when your state stores will get chicks.
     
  8. bilder

    bilder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you already have hens for eggs, you could go with one of the 'frying pan specials' many of the hatcheries offer. They are usually heritage breed roos, so you will have the slower growth rate and they are usually very cheap. Like under a buck a chick cheap.
     

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