What to cross with White Plymouth Rocks?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by TheHappyHen21, Mar 6, 2017.

  1. TheHappyHen21

    TheHappyHen21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I raise black jersey giants and also light brahma. I'm planning on purchasing white Plymouth rock pullets, what can they be crossed with for a decent meat bird? Like to use what I have. I butchered my brahma roos last year and they didn't have much breast meat, there not hatchery birds.
     
  2. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    I don't believe any of the dual purpose birds have any thickness to breast. It really takes a Cornish for that double thick breast. If you get a hold of a good strain they don't need to be crossed. Fella on here was getting 4lbs dressed in 14-15 weeks with a nice line, red laced maybe? Can't remember.
     
  3. Bigshooter

    Bigshooter Out Of The Brooder

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    I have found white rocks to have a bigger breast than any other dual purpose I have raised. They don't have a huge breast like cx but it isn't super skinny. They are also one of my favorites to fry.
     
  4. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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    Cross with Dorking, Indian game, or Cornish. Maybe Favorelles or Buff Orpingtons. Best, Karen
     
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  5. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    I have used American Games (male) crossed over White Plymouth Rocks and got very well muscled birds from a free-range setting. Chicks where incubated and reared by game hens. They benefit well from supplemental feeding. They are heavy enough to have difficulties getting onto roost.
     

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