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You are Here: Home -> Baby Chicks -> Standard Breed Chicks -> Meat Birds -> Pioneer

Rating of 4.2 (17 reviews)
2016 Delivery Dates
Catalog Number Description 1-5 6-15 16-24 25-49 50-99 100 or more How Many
PIOS Straight Run $2.83 $2.53 $2.50 $2.35 $2.28 $2.03 Sold Out
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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.
Quick Stats
Type: standard
Egg Color: brown
Egg Size: large
Egg Production: better
Meat Production: excellent
Heat Tolerance: better
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Cold Tolerance: excellent
Disposition: better
Freerange: excellent
Skin Color: yellow
Feather Color: gray
Comb Type: single
Likely to sit on eggs: not very likely
Bird Size: extra large
Exotic: no
Leg Style: clean
Head Style: regular

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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Questions & Answers
Can i breed the pioneer chickens and what I gonna get it might the some size of the pioneer
They are not recommended for reproduction as they are hybrid.
How does this compare to the jumbo cornish x?
Jumbo Cornish X Rocks are ready to butcher at 6-8 weeks of age. Pioneers grow slower. Pioneers take 12-15 weeks to reach butcher weight.
I'm looking for a self sufficient meat chicken. Will these birds breed? If not what do you recommend? Also I have a one year old. Are these birds aggressive or pretty docile.
They are mainly used for meat. This breed is not recommended for reproduction as they are hybrid. We haven't have any feedback on their temperament.
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