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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 1:05 pm 
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This may have already been mention before on BYP.

I am wondering which breed of chicken would be the best breed to have for meat purposes only.

Take into account the feed cost and the length of time to get the fowl to the prime weight.
What type of feed/grain would be best to use?
What size inclosure would be best suited for these fowls?
The cost of lighting and type of lighting if it was necessary to use?

I would like to see members response and other ideas to this inquiry?

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In general it is the X breeds, with the hybrid vigour that mature much faster.

The large long legged game birds - malay or if you can find a long legged indian X with sussex make a fantastic bird - or you could use the australorps that you have instead of the sussex.

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[quote]The Cornish x White Rock is the standard bird of the commercial poultry industry. The males of this cross can reach around 4.5 pounds by 6 weeks and 9.5 pounds by 11 weeks, on average. There are faster growing strains. The females grow a bit slower; at about 2.5 pounds (5 weeks) they are marketed as Cornish Game Hens. Be aware, however, that you can't just cross any Cornish and Rock and get a supermarket carcass. The parental lines of these crosses have been developed extensively over the years by the commercial industry. [quote]

This is from Feathersite. Here is the link.

http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/CGA/Broil/BRKMeat.html

Im sure there is some info on feeding in the sticky.

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Try exhibition reject Indian Game (the long legged ones,Jubilee preferred) crossed over Dorking hens. Start on Chick or turkey starter crumbles and move on to broiler finisher crumbles. If you want quick & tasteless confine them, if you are prepared to let them free range you will get better tasting birds at about 14 weeks.


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as you can see on the pictures in the galery, i have a lot of X only hatched to be eaten. they are: Araucana x Marans, Brahma x Marans and Brahma x Araucana.

thye grow pretty fast. they only get broiler food and some green stuff. one day they get nothing.

they are definitely not tasteless. For me the best cross is indian x marans and indian x bresse gauloises.

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Cornish is the USA name for Indian Game. The I.Game//Rhode Is White or White Plymouth Rock was the original meat bird for the Ingham Bros. Dorkings are rare in Aus and I haven't seen a Dorking in the past 15 years that is anywhere near the weight standard.

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I was going to say too before DenisL mentioned it that the dorkings i've had were horrible as meat birds. I think mine were that interbred though that there was a fault in them somewhere.
I too want to find a good meat bird..the Igame cross sussex take a long time to fatten I've been there done that probably won't do it again.
Question..what is the difference between useing the RIW to the RIR with the game cross or the Barred rock and the Game cross..I guess it would be that they take a while to grow? I know the rocks take a long time to mature.

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I think the reason why the RIW/P.R. White were used was that they produced a bird with light coloured feathers , which helped if there were a couple of feather bits left on the carcas - not as obvious as the darker feather stubs. Remeber we are talking about a commercial meat bird where presentation is very important.

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Ohhh ok..yep that makes sense..

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So I can cross a Indian Game roo with Australorp or RIR to make a large meat fowls?

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YES sir you can.

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Indain Game males are not the most succesful of breeders, especially with a bird much taller than them! I would go the pther way, with a RI or sussex or p.rock male over indian females. Just bear in mind that some Australorps esp can be a lot of feather without a lot of meat.

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but that way you need a lot of hens.

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I'd say the New Hampshire. At 6 months they're way more mature than the RI, Sussex, Plymouth in my experience.

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after six months my indian bantam and my mixes are in the freezer already. :D

crossig 2 breeds always gives you the heterosis effect.

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