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Meat Chicken Breeds

by | May 26, 2020 | Meyer Moment

Let’s take a Meyer Moment to talk about the various breeds of meat chickens. Raising meat birds can seem daunting, especially when faced with which breed is right for you! Today we’re here to give you a breakdown on the meat birds available and help you become one step closer to self-sustainability, by raising your own meat chickens today!

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Hey everyone! Welcome back to The Coop with Meyer Hatchery – where we talk all things poultry in hopes of inspiring crazy chicken keepers and educating future flock owners. Each week we like to take a Meyer Moment to cover relevant happenings. 

Let’s take a Meyer Moment to talk about the various breeds of meat chickens. Raising meat birds can seem daunting, especially when faced with which breed is right for you! Today we’re here to give you a breakdown on the meat birds available and help you become one step closer to self-sustainability, by raising your own meat chickens today!

First, we’ll start with the most commonly known, the Jumbo White Cornish Cross Broiler. This breed is specifically used for commercial production, due to their fast growth rate. Cornish Cross Broilers are raised until 6-9 weeks of age and reach 6-9 pounds of live weight. This breed is favored by those looking for quick processing time or for those that sell at market, for a consistent bird, familiar to customers. 

Next, are the Rainbow Rangers. These birds are more active and do well on open pasture. They are typically raised to 9-11 weeks of age and reach 5-6 pounds live weight. Gray Rangers also have a similar processing time and have Barred Rock and Sussex in their heritage. Overall the Ranger breeds are favored in backyard flocks or for small processors due to their foraging ability and slower growth rate, producing tender, flavorful meat. 

For the Cornish Cross, Gray Ranger and Rainbow Ranger breeds, Meyer Hatchery does have a free shipping offer. To qualify for free shipping, these breeds do have a higher minimum order amount. This offer is specifically for those looking for larger orders of meat birds only. 

Lastly, we offer the Fry Pan Bargain, a mix of standard rooster breeds. This assortment can include breeds like the Jersey Giant, Orpington, Plymouth Rock, Black Australorp, Buckeye, and more. As standard chicken breeds, they can take 16-20 weeks to reach a mature processing weight. This is a great option for those just beginning with meat birds or those looking for a cost-effective option. 

If you’re not sure about raising roosters exclusively, you can always opt for dual-purpose female chickens. Some customer favorites include the Rhode Island Red and Delaware, which can be processed at 16-20 weeks of age, with a live weight of 6-8 pounds. 

When it comes to meat birds a lot of our customers like to “rotate their orders” so they constantly have a new flock of meat birds to raise. Whether you’re a small homestead or a farm taking birds to market, you can use this practice. First consider the weeks it takes to raise the meat chicken breed of your choice. Then, decide if you’d like to receive a new order the same week your current birds go to pasture, or the week you plan to process. By rotating your birds on a timeline, you can ensure a consistent meat supply. Meyer Hatchery’s option to defer payments until two weeks prior to shipment, also means you can have these orders placed in advance, so your new birds are always arriving!

When raising meat birds, using a tracker to document expenses and growth rates can help you budget! If you’re raising multiple breeds, keep a tracker for each, to document and compare their growth rates to determine your return on investment. Regardless of your use, we think you’ll find the Free Meat Bird Tracker from Meyer Hatchery, a valuable asset to your flock goals this year! Find the link below in our show notes. 

Now you’re one step closer to a more sustainable homestead. And that’s your weekly Moment with Meyer. 

Enjoy the rest of your week and as always thank you for listening! 

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Kendra + Jeff
From Meyer Hatchery

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