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2014 Delivery Dates
Catalog Number Description 1-5 6-15 16-24 25-49 50-99 100 or more How Many
PIOS Straight Run $2.68 $2.38 $2.35 $2.25 $2.18 $1.93
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Availability Display below is for the next several hatches. This breed is available for future dates. You can pick the date during the check out process. Green: available. Blue: limited availability. Red: not available.

The Pioneer chicken is considered to be a dual purpose bird. It has one of the most unique feather color patterns we have ever seen. No two birds look alike! The hens lay large brown eggs and the males reach market weight in around 12 weeks.

Grows faster and is heavier than the Red Ranger. Breast meat configuration is similar to the the Red Ranger, proportional to the dark meat, on a long keel. Live to dressed weight yield averages 70% - approximately 5 lbs.

It has yellow skin, shanks and beak. Feather color is black, yellow, red, gold, copper, orange and white. This bird is suited for any environment.


Also called Rainbows or Dixie Rainbows in the industry.


As a reminder, to help ensure a safe arrival to you, the minimum number of chicks for each order prior to April 1st is 25. On and after April 1st, the minimum number of chicks required is 15. You can mix and match any type of baby chick in your order to reach the applicable chick minimum order. If ordering any bantams, we require a minimum of 15 bantams per order.
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Customer Product Reviews
Harvested our male Pioneers at 12 weeks. They averaged 4.5 lb dressed. Ate our first one last night and holy comparison! I always thought chicken was chicken, but these babies are superior! We still raise Cornish X to sell, but when it comes time to pull one from the freezer, it will not be a Cornish X unless we are out of the Pioneers! Great job MM! Will be ordering more Pioneers SOON!
I received one of these birds as part of a Rainbow layers group. They are all starting to lay now. She got around very well. I didn't notice any issues she might have had with her size. She foraged as well as participating in the daily drama within her flock without fail. She was huge at 20 weeks. She was 10 pounds after she was totally cleaned! We had a summer July'giving with all of the fixings.
Good alternative to the Cornish X for meat. The chicks I received were very lively and eager to eat and drink upon arrival. I only lost 1 Pioneer and 1 Cornish X from my order, but the USPS was to blame for a 2 day delay in delivery. I harvested the Cornish X at 7 weeks and harvested the Pioneer roosters at 9. Very little difference, although the Cornish X did include hens. The Pioneers are a little bit bossy, I won't call it aggressive. The hens are beautiful, and I plan to use them as layers instead of for meat...until they retire and will be used for stew hens. Great job MM!
Absolutely love these birds. They grow fast and are very docile. Love the color variation as well!
Fifty Pioneer chicks just arrived in the mail yesterday. So far, they are healthy and active. They caught on very quickly to drinking and found the food on their own. Already, they are preening well, which is impressive at three days old! This is only what I've seen so far, so I don't know how they'll turn out. But so far, these are great little chicks.
I picked up my Pioneer chicks April 5th so far they are eating well. It may be just my eyes but I think most of them have doubled in size already. So far it has been a joy to take care of these chicks.