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What breeds are the best for meat?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by chic-hens, Mar 30, 2012.

  1. chic-hens

    chic-hens New Egg

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    I have heard that Mottled Java are a good meat bird ~ is this true? What other breeds are good? And is the hen better or is the rooster better for the meat?
     
  2. Bullitt

    Bullitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The Cornish Cross is the breed used in commercial operations. They are ready to butcher in 6 to 8 weeks.

    I think people generally prefer cockerels for meat birds, and that is only because they get bigger. I think pullets and cockerels are equally good for meat, as far as tenderness, when they are young.

    If you want dual-purpose chickens, a breed like Rhode Island Red is good because the hens are some of the best layers, and you can butcher the roosters at around 3 months old.
     

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