What is the best dual purpose chicken?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by steffpeck, Aug 21, 2011.

  1. steffpeck

    steffpeck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2007
    Erda, UT
    I am looking for a good dual purpose bird. I think I have narrowed it down to either orpington's or plymouth rocks. Which would be the better choice? Also, do the BBS or SLP rocks have the same dual purpose qualities as the barred rocks?
  2. LilyD

    LilyD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 24, 2011
    Bristol, VT
    I have heard that orpingtons are a good dual purpose bird. I do not breed them though so I can't tell you from first hand knowledge. I am doing Brahmas and Delawares for Dual Purpose birds. Good luck with your search.
  3. gumbii

    gumbii Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 7, 2010
    bell gardens, ca

    there are lots of different species that are great dual purpose birds... some tollerate heat better, some cold, some are prettier, some are bland... i chose giant cochins and EE's as my layers... but now i'm thinking about getting orps as meat birds... but don't know yet... i guess cochins can be dual purpose, but they are mostly feather...
  4. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    There are a LOT of very good dual purpose breeds, everyone may answer differently. It depends on your needs, climate, and taste. For example, I live in a place that rarely ever gets hot or freezing cold, I want a good layer (preferably of eggs that aren't brown) but also a good meat bird and a broody bird, I don't want birds from hatchery/production stock, and I want something different - So, my choices are breeds like Araucanas, French Marans, and Brahmas. Though Brahmas do lay brown eggs, they make up for it in other areas such as new rare colors, beautiful bodies, huge size, and wonderful temperament.

    My favorite thing to do with dual purpose poultry though is cross-breeding, honestly. There are some ideas out there that just don't exist, and so I work to create them. (meaty, showy white egg layer, gaudy colored and meaty bodied dark olive layer)
  5. 10 point

    10 point country boy

    Feb 19, 2011
    LaFayette, NY
    between the two I would say orpingtons
  6. gumbii

    gumbii Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 7, 2010
    bell gardens, ca
    i just 'membered that i also want to get light sussex... i hear those are great dual purpose... and they are so pretty....
  7. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    Just keep in mind it is as much as the breed as where you aquire it. If you truely want dual purpose birds don't buy hatchery stock they are only good for one purpose not dual and never will be.

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