I'm attempting to order the all heavies assortment but there is no add to cart option. Are they not available?
They are available. Right under the dropdown option where you choose the quantity, it says add to cart.
Are the heavy birds good egg layers?
Yes, the heavy breeds are good layers. Although the "all heavies" is an assortment package of MALES, so they would not lay.
Very healthy and activeIt has been 4 months and yesterday was butchering day. To you trying to decide what to get there, if you are wanting meat chickens, the Turkens grew the best of the All Heavies variety, with the most weight gain and best appearance dressed. Plus out of my order of 25, only 3 were pullets. Pretty gang good sexing of day olds if you were to ask me. :)
interesting variety!We got 25 of these for meat birds and to keep one rooster for our newly established flock of hens. They arrived very healthy and vigorous and all survived to butcher. There were so many different colors and shapes of chicks that these were interesting to watch, grow and guess which breeds were included. We kept the speckled Sussex for our rooster and he is very sweet and pretty but there were some mean roosters in this bunch that we were glad to butcher! We butchered at 4 months but wished we had waited to 6 - 12 months as they were a little scrawny! They free ranged so once they were big enough to let them loose they ate practically no broiler finisher so they were cheap to keep which wouldn't be the case if I had to feed them over the winter before butchering. The meat was tough from free ranging so I have to brine the chickens before cooking but then it's tender meat. Raising this variety of roosters was an exciting adventure for us and the kids but we will be ordering from the meat bird varieties this year!