Broilers or layers?

FarmEnthusiast

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Broilers usually grow faster than native layers. The latter don't usually gain weight because they are reared solely for egg production. Which option should a farmer who is new to poultry farming pick?
 

MichaelS

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It would depend on what that new farmer wanted to do. Are they looking to produce eggs and sell them or are they looking to produce fat chickens and sell them for the meat? Whichever way would be the way they should go.
 

Nora

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Dual-purpose birds are the way to go. That way you get meat and eggs. There are plenty of great options like the Buff Orpington Hen and the Marsh Daisy Hen.
 

Chris T

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Dual-purpose birds are the way to go. That way you get meat and eggs. There are plenty of great options like the Buff Orpington Hen and the Marsh Daisy Hen.
I would advise a new farmer to consider raising dual-purpose birds after trying their hand on either the broilers or layers. They need to decide on the number of birds to start with based on the available space.
 

GrowPro

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Broilers have a quick turnover rate, so if you're worried about getting attached then they might be the way to go. You wouldn't have to worry as much about them either.
 

RanchHouse

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Layers are a recommended option for farmers who have much time and are willing to spend more money. The opposite is true for broilers. If enough money is also available, you can consider a dual-purpose poultry farm.
 

jack

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You may want to check the market around your area and see what is more marketable. A new farmer should choose either broilers or layers but first start with a reasonable number of birds.
 
 
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