Growing out New Hampshire chickens
In this video, by Mike Omeg, Mike shows us how he raises New Hampshire Red breed chickens, that are dual purpose, both for eggs and meat. He hatches his own birds, and grows them on pasture.
New Hampshire Red chickens are not as prolific at egg laying as Rhode Island Reds, but grow faster than Rhode Island Reds, which gives a balance between egg-laying and meat production.
Cornish Cross chickens grow faster than both these breeds, but, being a cross, they are infertile, (or mostly so), thus being nearly impossible to hatch them. That is an important consideration when deciding what breed to raise on your farm or homestead. If you are looking to hatch your own chicks, a look at New Hampshire Reds might be worthwhile.
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