Find out which chicken breeds are best for meat production with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
If you’re raising backyard chickens for meat production, it’s important to know which breeds will work best. Learn about the different breeds of chickens that are best for meat production with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
Austra White – These birds are a cross between a Black Australorp rooster and a White Leghorn hen. They’re good layers and also good for meat production. Austra Whites are calmer than a pure Leghorn chicken breed.
Barred Rock – The Barred Rock are great backyard birds for both egg and meat production.
Black Australorp – While bred for egg production, Black Australorps are also good for meat production. These beautiful birds require a wind break, dry bedding and plenty of shade in the summer.
Black Cochin – These larger birds handle colder regions well, perfect for meat production in the Midwest. Black Cochin are fluffy and gentle, with a kid-friendly temperament.
Black Sex Link – The Black Sex Link comes from crossing a Rhode Island Red rooster and a Barred Rock hen. They not only are good for meat production, but are also very good for egg production.
Buff Orpington – The Buff Orpington is one of the best birds for egg production and meat production. They’re plump and juicy, making them a great meat bird – they become a very heavy and large bird.
Cinnamon Queen – Cinnamon Queens grow quickly, and also produce eggs at a younger age than most standard breeds.
Cornish Cross – Cornish Cross are by far the most popular bird for meat production, both on hobby farms and commercial farms. They’re specifically bred as a meat bird, and shouldn’t be kept for egg production or as a pet.
Golden Wyandotte – Golden Wyandottes originated in Wisconsin in 1880. They do well in both confinement and free range.
Light Brahma – These feathery birds are good layers of brown eggs and work well for meat production. They’re also children-friendly, so they make good backyard pets.
Rhode Island Red – Rhode Island Reds are a true heritage breed, and are great for both egg production and meat production. Their egg laying abilities and hardiness make them a popular choice for backyard birds.
Red Sex Link – The Red Sex Link comes from breeding a Rhode Island Red rooster and a Delaware hen. These heritage birds are well made for small chicken coops, tractor chicken pens, larger chicken houses and free range chicken farming.
Silver Laced Wyandotte – These black and silver birds work well in both confinement and free range, making them a great backyard chicken.
Speckled Sussex – Speckled Sussex are an old English breed. They’re a good backyard chicken, and serve a dual purpose of meat and egg production.
White Rock – White Rock are good for egg and meat production. These friendly birds are similar to Barred Rocks, except they’re pure white in color.
At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can trust the animal experts. That’s why we carry everything you need to take care of your poultry. Whether you’re raising chickens for egg production, meat production, or for a backyard pet, you’ll find everything to give them the best care possible. For more tips on caring for and raising your flock, visit our Hobby Farming blog.