Which breeds to get

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by johndeerematt, Feb 21, 2013.

  1. johndeerematt

    johndeerematt Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey everybody ! I will be raising some birds for butcher. They will be in a pen, in a pasture. Wondering if I can do jersey giants? They are really pretty. If not, what breeds can/should I get?
     
  2. Chick_In_The_Burbs

    Chick_In_The_Burbs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would go with something local if you can, but Dominique's are said to have especially good tasting meat. There was some foody group I was reading about that endorsed Doms and four other breeds. I can't remember the others now though. :/
     
  3. Wyandotte96

    Wyandotte96 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can do Jersey Giants another option is freedom rangers they grow quick but take longer than cornish crosses and forage better.
     
  4. heartbreakdiet

    heartbreakdiet Out Of The Brooder

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    I would go with Jersey Giants.
     
  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Jersey Giants do indeed get big - but they are a slow grower. I have read on BYC that they are not cost efficient to raise for processing.
    Most folks that raise for meat go with the fast growing Cornish X. It is the breed and has the flavor people are used to from super markets and restaurants. Some people dislike like it because they tend to be dirtier and lack much personality. Red Rangers are also becoming popular...not as fast growing, doesn't get as large, but also not as slow as heritage breeds. That being said, lots of folks are opting for the heritage breeds these days. Lots to consider - best of luck with your choice.
     
  6. johndeerematt

    johndeerematt Out Of The Brooder

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    About how long to finish out jersey giants? And Dominique's? Cornish x is about nine weeks I believe.
     
  7. Chick_In_The_Burbs

    Chick_In_The_Burbs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of the guys on the Colorado thread breeds doms and did some harvesting last year at different ages. I don't remember what ages he harvested them at but I am sure he kept records. His name on here is wsmith.
     

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