Which Chicken Breeds For Meat

I was asked today which chicken breeds are kept for meat.

My father-in-law suggested Cobs where the fastest growing chickens for their meat.

The more traditional breeds he suggested included:

  • Light Sussex
  • Rhode Island Red
  • Buff Orpingtons

Chickens are bred for different purposes. Some are breed solely for their meat, others their egg production and some for dual purpose.

Meat Birds

  • Cornish
  • Orpington
  • Cochin
  • Brahma

Dual Purpose Breeds

  • Rhode Island Red
  • New Hampshire
  • Plymouth Rock
  • Wyandotte
  • Orpington
  • Light Sussex
  • Australorp
  • Marans
  • Dominique
  • Houdan
  • Langshan
  • Dorking

Which chicken / hen breeds would you recommend for meat?
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