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Meat chickens. #7144553
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Iím gonna be ordering meat chickens in March. I donít like the taste of the Jumbo Cornish cross or the lack of flavor I should say. Iím thinking a heritage breed like a white Wyandotte. Any opinions?


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Re: Meat chickens. [Re: KYtrapper2005] #7144563
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Started using Freedom Rangers also called Red Rangers two years ago they grow a little slower than the cornish cross but faster than a heritage bird and if you raise them on grass they forage well, they will move around verses sit by the feeder all day. They taste good, the only down side is the breast isn't as big but then they are real chickens. I have raised several different heritage breeds like the freedom or red ranger the best. Have fun raising those chickens.

PS I'm a firm believer that having access to green grass is the biggest factor for taste of chicken.


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I raise over 100 Cornish Cross on pasture each year. They are the best chicken when you factor in time to butcher and feed to weight conversion. I have raised freedom rangers and various other breeds of leaner broilers too. Those other breeds consume just as much feed, often more because they need more time to reach an appropriate butcher weight.

All the heritage breed birds are too tiny to even fool with. The only heritage breeds I would consider due to their large size would be the jersey giants, delewares, brahma.

Once you look into heritage birds, you'll have to keep them 6 months to even get close to possible butcher weight. By that time the meat has gotten less tender, especially the thighs and legs.

As stated previously, I raise a lot of CC birds. I can get them to 5 plus pounds in 8 weeks. Some of the birds reach that point a week or so earlier.



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it may not be the best flavor possible , however the Cornish cross definitely taste different I think better when given greater variety of feed than just commercial mix.


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Originally Posted by GREENCOUNTYPETE
it may not be the best flavor possible , however the Cornish cross definitely taste different I think better when given greater variety of feed than just commercial mix.



This is the winner here. We raise cc and keep them in a chicken tractor that gets moved once ot twice a day. They are on grass and get axcess to insects. Once they have gotten larger they get moved 2 times a day. It aimed of the best chicken I have eaten. Freedom rangers take several weeks/months longer to reach the same weight eating much more food. Duel purpose birds are like multi purpose tools they can do both but neither well. For meat they are to small have a hatchet shape breast and take to long to grow out becoming tough.

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Originally Posted by KYtrapper2005
Iím gonna be ordering meat chickens in March. I donít like the taste of the Jumbo Cornish cross or the lack of flavor I should say. Iím thinking a heritage breed like a white Wyandotte. Any opinions?

Frank's hot sauce helps with lack of taste.

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Chicks are not that expensive. If you have room to let them free range maybe you could order a few of the Cornish X, something in the middle, and another dozen of a heritage breed and see for yourself.

Like a couple other guys, I am betting if you let one of those big super breeds hit the ground and eat more than a milo mash the flavor might surprise you.


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If you feed the ccs as much table scraps, kitchen scraps, weeds and garden waste as they will eat in addition to grain or feed they are much better tasting, they will also grow just a little slower which I think is better for them healthwise. Less bone problems and sickness.


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Following, as I may get into meat birds at some point.

Iím thinking chickens is going to be a fun endeavor.


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I suspect feed has a direct effect on taste. I know I can taste a drastic difference in my layers eggs from summer (when the are free ranging on grass, bugs, etc) and winter (when they just eat bag feed). The eggs taste a LOT better in the summer. Just a thought.


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Originally Posted by Sprung & Rusty
Originally Posted by KYtrapper2005
Iím gonna be ordering meat chickens in March. I donít like the taste of the Jumbo Cornish cross or the lack of flavor I should say. Iím thinking a heritage breed like a white Wyandotte. Any opinions?

Frank's hot sauce helps with lack of taste.

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Re: Meat chickens. [Re: KYtrapper2005] #7145668
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We have raised both Cornish Cross and Freedom Rangers. We butcher CC at 8 weeks, FR at 10-11 weeks. The CCs will poke around the pasture, but they don't seem to get much out of it. Our "pasture" is mostly chickweed, grass, and scattered barley plants. We prefer FRs.

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Plymouth Rock birds are a great combo type.


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Of the heritage breeds I've raised Turken roosters were the fastest to 5lbs. Faverellos tasted the best and the most tender. Faverellos also reached butcher weight at areasonable time. My faverello/Brahma crosses were the fastest last summer.

My Cochin and Cochin crosses were the slowest and had the most fat. But had good proportions.

My straight Brahma were slow also.

My chickens are free range with access to constant feed. Also Fed house scraps, scraps from a bar and grill, and lots of garden and orchard excess.

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I love cornish x rock meat birds.Put them in a slow roaster and yummy.


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I raise a couple hundred meat birds a year. I use both Cornish Cross and Red Rangers. If you properly care for your Cornish Cross, they will taste nothing like what you get in the store. Mine are forced to move around, and go to pasture daily. Red Rangers take a couple extra weeks to hit weight, but they are good too.
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Re: Meat chickens. [Re: KYtrapper2005] #7146143
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I raised the Cornish birds once the meat was tasteless and mushy but it was my first run at it my bad most likely.


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Mushy?Never had any chicken that was like that.


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Separated from the layer they did not get much exercise I think was the problem they eat the same feed they die.


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Originally Posted by Law Dog
Separated from the layer they did not get much exercise I think was the problem they eat the same feed they die.

I always had mine out in a good sized pen.


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