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  • Joined Aug 2017
What breed?
« on: December 23, 2020, 05:39:03 pm »
If you were to have only one breed of chicken what would it be taking the following into consideration?

For both eggs and meat

Ability to sit and hatch own eggs


  • Joined Sep 2020
  • Norfolk
Re: What breed?
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2020, 08:19:57 pm »
Sussex - buff are slightly heavier than light you are looking for meat but both are good layers. And beware of hybrid versions of the light. A true Sussex is quite a solid square shaped bird without being fat, hybrids are lighter framed.
Cuckoo marans - will mature at slightly lighter table weights (cockerels) but still a good meal. Males more aggressive (to each other) approaching maturity than Sussex.
Broody wise I would go for Marans over Sussex but it is all down to strains. Some Sussex strains are very broody but I have had more success with using marans for hatching.
Check out breed standards of both and buy from reputable breeders.

Steph Hen

  • Joined Jul 2013
  • Angus Scotland.
Re: What breed?
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2020, 07:36:23 am »
Very good suggestions.


  • Joined Dec 2009
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
Re: What breed?
« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2020, 09:57:00 am »
We invested in an incubator early on and have never regretted it - every year at least one batch of chickens hatched, also geese and this coming year hopefully ducks - it has paid for itself several times over already. As to raising meat birds, we have found that buying in a batch of meat birds at day old provides roast chicken for a couple of years, and then we eat the spare cockerels from the home-hatched egg layers as curries and stews (only taking legs and breasts off the birds). I have mainly Maran hens and they lay very well, but for a roasting bird are a bit scrawny (after you have gone to the effort of plucking and gutting...)

The only breed I have seen mentioned as a good all-rounder is the Ixworth, but I don't think there are many breeders around.


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