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Galeshka
#1 Posted : Sunday, February 01, 2004 4:16:26 PM
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How about Black Australorps or Buff Orpingtons? Both will set eggs although Buffs seem to be a bit better about it....and they are both good dual purpose chickens who''ll attain a good size in a reasonable amount of time.
skruzich
#2 Posted : Sunday, February 01, 2004 7:23:43 PM
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You can get the white chickens that the chicken houses get. I swear this chicken out back grew to eating size in 12 weeks. And it didn''t get any hormones or altered feed.
He is now about 9 months old and weighs around 18 pounds.
TabletopHomestead
#3 Posted : Monday, February 02, 2004 2:21:21 AM
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I believe these are the Cornish Crosses. The ones I had were prone to bad legs and what I''m certain was heart attachs (gasping, comb turned blue, fell over dead.)

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You can get the white chickens that the chicken houses get. I swear this chicken out back grew to eating size in 12 weeks. And it didn''t get any hormones or altered feed.
He is now about 9 months old and weighs around 18 pounds.


skruzich
#4 Posted : Monday, February 02, 2004 4:14:57 AM
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How long did yours last. The one that we have seems to be doing fair.
steve
TabletopHomestead
#5 Posted : Monday, February 02, 2004 3:42:36 PM
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Can''t remember exactly. I got them in the spring, maybe April and the ones I didn''t get butchered had all croaked by probably August or September.

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How long did yours last. The one that we have seems to be doing fair.
steve

skruzich
#6 Posted : Monday, February 02, 2004 4:18:54 PM
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Those are meat birds. They aren''t supposed to live longer than 4 months
TabletopHomestead
#7 Posted : Tuesday, February 03, 2004 3:20:54 AM
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Yea I know, but me being me I just had to try letting a few go, just to see what would happen. I''m big on the "learning experience." You''ld think I was from Missouri. "Show me."
Galeshka
#8 Posted : Tuesday, February 03, 2004 3:24:50 AM
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A bad thing about Cornish X is that they don''t do very well in reproducing themselves, Buffs and Australorps will and are good about setting the eggs....Buffs being somewhat better at it.
TabletopHomestead
#9 Posted : Tuesday, February 03, 2004 3:24:50 AM
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I'm trying to decide on a breed of meat chicken. I don't want to use Cornish Cross. Would rather use a breed that will reproduce on the homestead. I want the largest carcass I can get, and one that doesn't take forever to get to butcher size. Comments?
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