In fall of 2014 I decided I wanted to raise some dual-purpose chickens. The main focus was on incubating my own birds to raise as “panfrys”, traditional meat birds frequently used in pan frying. So where do I go from here?
So the questions I still have are what breed(s) do I want to continue working with and what size flock do I want.
For the breed, I’m not done trying different breeds. I’m still looking for meet and eggs. I’ve read that modern breeders are mostly focused on ‘show bird’ traits of the bird’s breed, and not on the functionality of the bird, such as egg production and size. So, this year, I’m going to try buying my dual purpose birds from the hatchery I use for the meet birds. The breed is called Rainbow and no two birds look alike.
As for the size of the flock, I’m still undecided for the long run. A lot depends on where I want to go with these birds. I think this year, I’ll stick to my a flock of 9-10 plus a rooster. That way I won’t need to build a bigger coop.
The flock size brings us to the main question we get asked. “are you going to sell eggs”. The answer is I don’t know. It’s a possibility; however, this year it’s definitely going to be along the lines of a “when available” adjunct to us selling our chickens. If we build a bigger coop, incorporate some egg only breed(s), and figure out some portable lighting for the coop, I’ll look more seriously at selling eggs in the future.