Which one should I get?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by aurorarose25, Jun 14, 2009.

  1. aurorarose25

    aurorarose25 Songster

    Jun 11, 2009
    Mesa, Az
    Is it better to get hens or cockerels? What age do you butcher them at? Do they have bantam meat breeds? Is size the only difference?

    Please HELP????
  2. saddina

    saddina Internally Deranged

    May 2, 2009
    Desert, CA
    If you're gonna eat them, gender doesn't matter.

    Cornish crosses (cornish rocks, etc. there's a few diff names) are the store chickens, and most likely what you think of as a meat chicken, you'll order them as chicks from the hatchery, and they butcher ~ 8 weeks old.

    A bantam is a tiny chicken, a meat bantam... let's say no, but if you wanna butcher some cornich mixes young for "cornish game hens" you can.
  3. jaku

    jaku Songster

    With Cornish X's, the only real difference is that at 8 weeks, the roos will be a bit bigger than the hens.

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