Choosing a homestead broiler
"Meat birds, I assume? I am contemplating a small batch, but not sure I want those cornish cross due to all the problems common for them, but is it economical to feed other breeds for a longer time before processing? Red Rangers look good, but the hatchery is out."
We've raised Australorps as broilers in the past
and felt like their meat was extremely nutritious. But dogs and ducks
and other problems meant we didn't have a large enough flock to hatch
our own eggs this year. And when I pondered the hatchery catalog, I
decided that if I was buying broilers, I might as well try something
that would be a bit meatier and (hopefully) more economical. So, like
you, we chose Red Rangers, which we reserved in midsummer for a fall
The previous photo showed
the chicks the day we brought them home from the post office --- they
already looked pretty big and spunky! But the comparison to the photo
above, taken two days later, shows that the baby broilers are also
growing fast. I plan to let them out on pasture this weekend and will
keep you posted on how they fare.
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