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Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by kdcrws, Sep 29, 2008.
a good meat bird?
Depends what you mean.
You can't go wrong with the Broiler crosses, but if you're wanting eggs as well, then you should look up some dual-purpose birds.
Jersey Giants are good meat birds once finished, but it takes awhile to get them there. Australorps, Rocks, Rhode Island Reds and I've "heard" Orpingtons make good meat birds.
I KNOW that Brahma X Australorp crosses are good meat birds...YUMMY!
I have orps and bo's right now but they r pets...thinking about having separate meat flock.
I'd got with the broiler cross. It's called a Cornish Cross, Broiler bird, Cornish-Rock cross. Many things that mean the same thing.
These birds will get very large very fast. About 6-8 lbs. in about 6-8 weeks. They have very good feed conversion so little to no feed is wasted. They are LAZY so confinement is a must if you have predators that like the taste of chicken.
These birds must NOT roost because their large size could cause leg problems in birds that hop down from roosts. They will be just as happy to roost on the ground.
6-8 weeks and you'll have delicious, tender meat. Nice breast meat and nice leg meat.
Thank u for the info!!!
do a BYC search on Freedom Rangers or Colored Broilers-you will gain a ton of useful information in making your decision as to what type of meat bird to raise.