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    Meat chooks are fatty because they do nothing but eat. Or that is what I found. Even when given the opportunity to free range they still sat beside the food dish and ate. Australorps are pretty good foragers. We don’t find them fatty at all.


    What about Orpingtons? Would they make good meat chooks? Any one eaten one?


    Orpingtons are supposed to be meat birds but I think they are largely bred for show in Australia. I have not eaten them. Hell would freeze over before I ate the 2 beauties that I have. I think they are on the expensive side to buy. I have only have 2 and am on the lookout for more hens. No one seems to have them on Nth QLd (or perhaps no seems to sell in nth Qld is more the truth).


    is a good start

    there is so much information on the interenet about poultry

    the breeds of chooks that we have at present are the result of selective breeding over hundreds if not thousands of years, a result of much human labour and an understanding of genetics, which go back to Lamarck (google it!)

    the meat breed of today was selectively bred by Inghams from whatever breeds they chose! at a cost of one million plus, this is what you eat if you buy chicken today – broilers, bred to be processed – a term for slaughter for human consumption! – at 8-10 weeks of age – these items of food stagger from water to food for the short term of their life – this is called factory farming!

    should you wish to eat chicken by breeding your own, acquiring what is classed as heavy breeds is the way to go, while remembering that it will take 5-6 months for the bird to reach a good size, maturity is the deciding factor, and most importantly the egg laying is determined by the hen and the body size is determined by the rooster, remember this is genetics!

    indian game over light sussex is successful, both are white feathered and will produce a variety of offspring, from my own experience

    does anyone remember their science lesson on the crossing of red and white roses?

    be open to the pure breed poultry breeders and you chook yard will be productive



    Rebecca wrote:

    Our Australorp girls have been laying all year round. They take a couple of days off here and there, and unusual weather can knock them off lay for a week or two, but otherwise they’re pretty reliable. They do tend to go broody easily though, so we need to clear the nests of eggs a couple of times a day.

    I read that Australorps were not supposed to go clucky easily, yet when I kept them, I found the same as you Rebecca. I loved them though. Such elegant looking ladies. :hug:


    We’ve got some indian game/malay game/cochin crosses and although we haven’t eaten any of them yet they are as heavy as lead and I can’t feel a bone in their body!! There’s some pics of them in my photo album, link below. We call them teradactyls or the prehistorics.:lol: They roam around with the rest of the chooks free ranging all over the place so hopefully won’t be too fatty.:tup:


    I keep the meat birds on a steep hill in a tractor. The walking up/down hill between roost (which has to be just barely off the ground) and the feeders means they stay relatively fit.

    If you space the feeders and waterers around, and limit the feed, they’ll stay trim enough to walk and they’ll eventually be able to breed (or some will, anyway — there will always be failures because of their genes). But they do have a vulnerability to Mareks, so even though the first generation will be vaccinated, you might find yourself losing stock down the line.

    Indian game need either a very low roost (15-20cm high) or a little night hutch with no roost — they’re too heavy and have too wide hips to navigate roosting properly. If you go for Indians, get the longer legged ones.

    I hope I’m not ranting on too long here — these are just a few extra points in case you’re still mulling it over.


    I’m planning on sussex hens – basically because I don’t want vast quantities of eggs – what would I do with them all? The recommendation from BYP was that they are good white flesh, go broody (thus provide you with lots of little chickens to grow up and put in the freezer), lay fairly well, are frosthardy (very necessary where I am) and eat a lot. So for me they are perfect aprt from the potential cost of feed. Plus, they are pretty. I am assuming that with good grazing and some encouragement to use it, they will be fine, but it depends what you want from your hens. I quite like the idea of the game cross, but game roosters are bred for fighting originally (hence the term ‘game’), so would be cautious about assuming they are nice friendly birds …


    About one in eight light sussex boys is placid; the rest go for your head. 😆


    chooken wrote:

    About one in eight light sussex boys is placid; the rest go for your head. 😆

    Well that’s one way to train the cats to leave the chooks alone :lol::lol: I guess I will just have to keep eating them till I get a good ‘un, lol

    It has the added advantage that the neighbour’s hens (and escorting rooster) might be discouraged from coming to visit uninvited …

    Thanks Chooken, I will bear that in mind when inspecting my likely brood. The other thought was a game rooster, as I gather there is a game breeder not too far from here … But I suspect they would make a sussex look tame …:shrug:


    My sussex are all pussycats, even the 3 roosters manage to avoid conflict, they all love there afternoon “time out” grazing and scratching. Hopeless flighers, cant even get over a 2foot 6 inch fence and too fat to squeeze through the goats ringlock fence, so the only time they have got in the veggie garden is when someone left the gate open:shy:

    They do go broody at the drop of a hat ( another one sitting now ) and the roosters take 12 to 16 weeks to dispact size. Not too bad in the laying department either………….but dont expect the output of the hybred chook. One benifit is they keep on laying for years:)

    Besides i love seeing them strutting around the garden in what looks like some sort of formal wear:lol:

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