We just got our first meats chickens this past Saturday. Of course we were ready to get them since my husband built the chicken tractor the other week (see Chicken Tractor) but I wan't expecting to get them this weekend.
My husband was at the local farm auction and ended buying some meat birds there at such a great deal that he couldn't pass up. He ended up buying 7 Dark Cornish Cross. I really wanted to buy 25 to start out with but this will be good start. I have read that the Dark Cornish are better tasting than regular Cornish Cross. I'm hoping that's the truth. We plan in raising them for 8-10 weeks or maybe 12 I have read that this breed takes a little longer to reach the correct weight.
Since we never raised any meat birds I'm very excited to be embarking on this adventure since it will bring us one more step closer to being more self-sufficient. If all goes well which I'm sure it will I would like to raise another group as soon as these are done.