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

    Mar 29, 2012
    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

    Jan 16, 2012
    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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