I still haven't done anything with my 'Big Boy' but decided to watch him. I have someone wanting to buy but I can not in good conscience even give this bird to another flock owner. I have been watching him closely and he definitely has some problem(s) in his legs (skeletal system). Given the obvious, he will be slaughtered one upcoming morning with a few other birds, one is a Chantecler pullet with a scissors bite (how I hate to loose this gal because otherwise, she is exceptionally nice. A few more birds of different breeds will likely be caponized but the Chantecler youngsters would suffer too greatly.
I've watched the pullet eat and she does very well and is in good weight (I hefted her this morning) and the big cockerel eats well enough but is prone to lie down, even on cool mornings to eat his scratch, the ever-present ration but he will only rarely go out to forage but hangs around the coop alone.
No choice that I can see but a nice chicken dinner.
Sad when you have to make those decisions, but it sounds like a good choice not to pass on potential problems to others. I am wondering if he grew too fast for his legs to catch up. Funny about the scissors beak pullet, Mary got one of those in her Cackle order too...hmmmm.. Our Walter is a beauty. We let him out to roam around the yard with his two buff ladies. He was courting one of our cream legbar gals that our HUGE Bielefelder boy has claimed for himself....although I caught him two timing with our RSL lady yesterday.
I will post pics of Walter, he is growing out nice :)