FAQ Dual Purpose Chickens
Raising Dual Purpose Chickens
This year we've seen an increase in customers raising "Dual Purpose" chickens. "Dual Purpose" chickens will lay eggs and can be used as meat producers. Unfortunatly, many people do not realize that a dual purpose chicken will not grow as fast as a meat bird nor will they lay as many eggs as a typical laying hen. Most dual purpose chickens will start laying eggs at five months and will not be ready for slaughter until at at least 20 weeks old.
If you are looking to raise chickens for meat, you should consider the Cornish Rock Cross. We grow these birds and they are typically ready for slaughter at eight weeks of age. See our broiler feed consumption chart for details.
An alternative to the Cornish Cross that many free range farmers are turning to is the Freedom Ranger. This bird grows a bit slower than the Cornish Cross typically being slaughtered at 11-12 weeks verses the 8-9 weeks. Grown with Organic Non-GMO feed the bird is typically very tender, however, compared to the Cornish Cross there is less breast meat.
If you need help selecting a breed of chicken, please feel free to text or call.