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Topic: Best Dual Purpose Birds (12 messages)

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Best Dual Purpose Birds (12 messages)
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My husband and I have a one-acre place in Boise, Idaho and would like birds for meat and eggs. We'd like them to actively eat bugs, stir up the soil, and eat our garden scraps (not that I've met a bird who would turn that down!). We're considering Rhode Island Reds (primarily for eggs) and Dorkings (decent for meat). Any other suggestions?
12/30/2012 10:43 PM report abuse
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I recommend the Dorking breed for both. Roosters are nice and don't attack and they give nice eggs and meat. Great all-around bird.
3/13/2013 10:19 PM report abuse
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are you looking for a breed that will do both meat and eggs well? --- any of the rocks, rhode island red... maybe new hampshire red... i was thinking of getting some red rangers and trying them this year for eggs and meat.... not sure though
4/13/2013 5:59 PM report abuse
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Rhode Island Reds are great dual purpose. You could always try some Cornish Game Hens since they're small. From what I've read the Jumbo Cornish X Rocks take 6-8 weeks to finish.
I also purchased some light brahmas for meat purposes.
6/22/2013 9:29 PM report abuse
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Thank you all for the suggestions. We raised a bunch of Rhode Island Reds for meat this year. I just had them processed and they look great!

A pullet is also laying a big egg at just over four months old.

I was especially pleased since I pulled them off expensive high protein feed in early June and finished them on COB and goat milk.

They also ran around fighting so much in a big electronet fence that I thought the meat would be nonexistent.

I think I'll try Dorkings next. I'd like a calmer bird. :-)
7/17/2013 4:58 PM report abuse
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Our Americanas seem to be the instigators in our group. The Americanas and Light Brahmas. We only purchased 4 Americanas and the Light Brahmas will be in the freezer in a few months. Hoping the aggression calms down then.
The baby cakes do seem to help, but not as much as fresh grass. Ours just turned 3 weeks and are finally taking an interest in the cakes. SO hoping I get my monies worth out of those.
7/17/2013 5:25 PM report abuse
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wyandottes would be a good choice in my opinion.
8/15/2013 7:31 AM report abuse
Pheasant Hollow Farm
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Slate, WV
How do you get the toughness out of the R.I.R. I slaughtered a bird last year and prior to cooking; I let it stay in the fridge for two days changing out the water twice a day.

I oven cooked the bird @325* and when the bird was done, the skin was like shoe leather and the meat to tough to chew.

I eventually put this bird in a pot and decided to make a chicken soup. 3 days of boiling down to get the meat tender and to render a decent meal.

Pheasant Hollow Farm
Slate WV
2/21/2014 4:24 AM report abuse
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Pleasant Hollow Farm, I ran into the same problem only didn't have the will to boil mine after baking. I think this breed is a layer and not very good for eating. Will stick with the white rocks for frying.
Post edited by ODISB 2/22/2014 9:18 PM
2/22/2014 9:17 PM report abuse
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for getting the toughness/stringiness out of home grown chickens - you soak them in a brine of 1 cup salt to 2 1/2 gallons water and leave them in there for about a week in a cool place (like a root cellar or fridge)
2/23/2014 10:12 AM report abuse
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The Red Rangers are my favorite dual purpose chicken.
3/5/2014 10:46 AM report abuse
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I'm thinking about barred rocks and turkens because of their cold tolerance.
12/11/2014 12:28 PM report abuse