There are two types of chickens that you will find on a farm: one is for laying eggs and the other is for producing meat. For egg laying birds, you can see an example of some of the breeds we having running around our place in the pictures below. Many of these breeds have been around since the 1800’s. These have been bred over the years to make sure they are weather tolerant and do a great job laying eggs. The come in all variety of colors and body sizes. Their eggs will also vary in size and color from white, tan, brown, green, speckled, and everything in between. Although the exterior color may vary, the taste and nutritional value does not vary by breed. The taste and nutritional value are impacted by diet and environment.
The other type of bird you will see on our farm is the meat bird. We use what is called a Cornish Cross or a Cornish Rock Cross. This is considered an F2 hybrid bird. It is not created with science or gene splicing, just breeding. It is the result of two hybrid chickens creating an offspring. They have been bred to grow big and fast with lots of meat. They are what is called “double breasted”, which basically means they have large breast muscles. The double breasted is something that almost everybody likes and is familiar with. The opposite of “double breasted” is “razor breasted”. This is the type of build you will see with the egg laying chickens. They have a prominent sternum and not as much meat on their breast. The meat birds are all white and grow very quickly. We harvest these birds around eight weeks old. This is old enough to produce a good amount of meat, but young enough that the meat is still tender. A few pictures of our meat birds are below.