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What kind of chickens should I get?

By: Catie Leary on Sept. 10, 2011, 8:33 a.m.
Two La Fleche roosters in a coop.

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Best-tasting birds

There are plenty of farmers who want to go beyond eggs to raise (and eventually eat) free-range poultry sourced from home.

If you're looking for the best meat, look no further than the La Fleche (pictured). This breed, which originated in France, is considered one of the best-tasting birds. However, you might have trouble getting your hands on one. La Fleche chickens are rare in the U.S., with only a few breeders.

If you can't find a La Fleche, some other tasty chicken breeds include Buckeyes, Jerseys and Cornish hybrids.