To be completely honest I did not know what "Deep Pectoral Myopathy" (also called Green Muscle Disease or Oregon Disease) was, but a little research taught me that it was a problem that possibly cropped up because of genetic issues or lack of blood flow to that particular muscle issue. I also found that there was really no way to tell if a bird had the issue until after slaughter. I'm thankful that so far we haven't had any issues with this yet and I hope that we can stay away from it ... although I'm not sure there is much I can do to prevent it.
When it comes to our favorite meat chicken though I will admit that I do have plenty of thoughts on that! We are very excited with the success of our first hatching of chicks in our new incubator and hatcher (84% hatch rate!) and our ultimate goal is to raise our own meat chickens by keeping a breeding flock and hatching out our own chicks. With the help of a great farmer friend we will hopefully be raising our own French style Poulet Rouge Chickens next year. But, if we weren't able to do our own hatching I would feel comfortable raising a Freedom Ranger or Red Ranger type of bird from one of the hatcheries in our state.
Links Mentioned in This Episode
- Deep Pectoral Myopathy from The Poultry Site
- Oregon Disease from The Poultry Site
- Deep Pectoral Myopathy from Poultry Science
- Freedom Rangers
- Red Rangers
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