What kind of chickens?

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Re: What kind of chickens?

Postby farmerjan » Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:57 am

I raise some of the Cornish crosses for meat. Have killed many NH cockerels that didn't make the grade for show birds for meat also. You have to feed the "egg laying" breeds to fatten as fast as possible so they can be killed at a young age. We have had big games, that my son raises for show. They are good for soup. But again, you gotta kill them younger rather than older. Some of the layers make good soup, the sex-link hens and such after they are laid out in 2 years. I do better selling them at the poultry swap to the different ethnic groups and just raise up the cornish cross for me. I have a couple of farmers that have the poultry houses, confinement, that ship out the broiler types at 42 days. Often they will leave behind some of the small ones that don't make the "grade" or size. I will get them, half grown, put them in a moveable type coop and feed for another month or so. They will really get some growth when not crowded inside, and out on grass they get pretty good tasting without the whole baby chick thing. I agree that it can't beat the roasted ones at Sam's or even Walmart for money value, but I just like my own raised up food.
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Re: What kind of chickens?

Postby greybeard » Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:01 am

What kind of chickens?

Fried or BBQd.
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Re: What kind of chickens?

Postby Ebenezer » Tue Sep 18, 2018 5:04 pm

Some old breeds have their own taste. We had 2 lines of Dominiques and I could tell you which line was on the plate after they were cooked and ready to eat. Some of that better taste requires slower growth. The lack of taste in CC broilers is good if you merely want to taste the sauce or the spice but is also the turnoff for me on purchased chicken. If I ever got some to just eat I would try Speckled Sussex for some unknown reason - maybe I have read that they were originally selected for that.
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Re: What kind of chickens?

Postby farmerjan » Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:27 pm

Most of the breeds of chickens that are in the "English" class were bred to be dual purpose fowl. They all have white skin and were preferred for table fowl. Naturally Cornish being the most developed for eating. As were the Dorkings. They are supposed to be very tasty birds. Sussex are also one of the breeds. There are several colors but speckled is the one most seen. All the breeds in this class are considered to be desirable for eating with sufficient eggs to make keeping them profitable.
I also like a few breeds in the American class and a couple in the Continental class. Faverolles are supposed to be a dual purpose breed and there are few bred today. There are a few different colors. Also Welsummers are in that class. I'd like to get some dorkings and faverolles. Right now I have standard Black Langshans and New Hampshires. Raised Lt Brown Leghorns but there is no meat. I like the Welsummers as they have a somewhat similiar but darker color pattern to the Brown Leghorn but they are also layers of very dark brown eggs and good foragers.
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Re: What kind of chickens?

Postby farmerjan » Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:32 pm

Some of the taste is from the breed, but alot has to do with how they are raised. Out on grass, eating natural protein as in bugs etc, besides getting a good grower feed, gives a whole different flavor. "Chicken tractors" or moveable coops are ideal to raise birds for meat.
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Re: What kind of chickens?

Postby skyhightree1 » Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:38 pm

Ok I was talking to southern states manager he asked if I wanted to order chicks through him because he is placing the order for the store soon. I bought 20 layers they all lived. Is it cheaper to buy direct from a hatchery? If so which hatchery? Should I just get them through ss? I want 40 broilers
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Re: What kind of chickens?

Postby farmerjan » Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:47 pm

Go on the web site for a few of the hatcheries. Try Meyers, (Pa I think) and Ideal in Tx is a good one to deal with. Where the SS manager gets their birds? You will probably get a better price from the ss cuz they will often give a discount for larger orders..... and you might want to get them in 2 bunches as they will grow out pretty quick. Usually our TSC gets 2 or 3 different batches in to the store as they sell out pretty quick. If I can think of any others I'll let you know.
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Re: What kind of chickens?

Postby Fire Sweep Ranch » Sat Dec 29, 2018 7:46 pm

Estes hatchery is a good one. Not far from us either.

http://www.esteshatchery.com/store/

We are lucky enough to have some hen houses near by, and when they clean out the houses of the overload, I can pick up 20 week old hens, usually Cinnamon Queens, just starting to lay, for $2 each. I can not buy and raise them that cheap! They lay very large brown eggs for several years!
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