While picking your best meat chickens breeds, here is a helpful chart. This goes along with my prior post about the 12 great meat chicken breeds.
Heritage breeds and the commercial Cornish Cross are all compared here. You can read the details in my last post and then print out your free chart for quick reference.
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A sneak peak. :-)
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More About Choosing the Right Chickens
When it come to choosing a breed to raise on the homestead there are so many factors to consider. If you are looking for a long-term more sustainable option you are going to want to pick a heritage more dual-purposed breed. Maybe Australorps or possibly Freedom Rangers.
If you are looking for a better than store-bought chicken and you need a fair amount of it, the Cornish Cross might be a great choice. It has the same chicken taste you are used to and you can raise them fairly cheaply compared to the heritage breeds.
There are so many factors to consider when choosing. Another thing you might try is get two breeds and compare them. See how they do one year and next year adjust to what you learned the previous time.
Raising Healthy Meat Chickens
After you pick out your breed and order them here are a few ways you can improve their health and get the most out of them.
- Feed baby chicks this electrolyte booster.
- Feed them Apple Cider Vinegar & Garlic in their water their whole lives! (Follow the same instructions as for the layers.)
- Ferment their feed. (I think this is a big help to keep your chickens alive and get them bigger faster with less feed.)
- Feed them grass--when they are in the brooder pick and carry it to them. When they are bigger let them out on pasture (in either a chicken tractor or free ranging.)
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