What is the best?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by peeps7, Dec 18, 2007.

  1. peeps7

    peeps7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2007
    North Carolina
    I'm going to get some meat birds, goats, and hogs soon and I was just wondering what the best meat chicken is. I need one that grows and gets big fast. I know the basics on how to take care of them so I just need to know the best breed for my needs. THANKS!!!
     
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Hey there Coty.....if you want speedy growth, the cornishx are the fastest that I know of...ie:8 weeks processing. Some can often be processed before then as well. Depends on how big you want them. As for beef, hogs....im at a loss there.
     
  3. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
  4. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:^^^^---- This is what you ought do if you are at all concerned with producing highly tasty, more ecological sound beasts which the commerical industry has turned their back on.

    But, reading your question, it sounds like you just want the fastest growing meat chicken you can get. You will want a Cornish Cross (aka Cornish X). You can read these forums and find arguments ad naseum against doing Cornish X's, but there simply are no purebreds which will come close to a crossbred's growth rates.

    As far as hogs, I always get crossbreds. My favorite is anything sired by a Hampshire (the saddlebacks) on either a black or white sow. As far as goats, Boer goats are the traiditional eating beasts. But I find a Boer terminal sire on a nubian to be very good as well.
     

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