I was only suggesting because this was deemed a PIC thread that many may ignore the information buried in it.
I agree when it comes to meat birds I would be happy with a bird dressing at 4lb at between 18-24 weeks and still being a roaster quality bird.
Most of the birds I have wont hit 4 lb dressed until they are well into 30s in weeks. Got my first 4lb bird at 34 weeks. (Not a Delaware) Most of my Pita Pintas processed before 24 weeks only dress at about 3.5 lbs (cockerels)
My current Del girl isnt even close and she is just 28 weeks. My largest hatchery del hit 5lb live when she was nearly a year old. She was slightly heavier than the 7-8 month olds I got from Kim
Articles and information on the growth rates of heritage birds is good to put things into perspective in the flock we have.
I think I'm making progress this year with size. I had some 4 lb live cockerels at 14 weeks. Pullets are lighter, of course, but right now my April Fools pullets are HEFTY. I'm sure they're big enough I'm going to have to start thinking about oversized birds.
I should weigh a few. And, honestly, I should process the older cockerels ASAP. Get before/after weights ... photos ... make notes. Act organized.
I'm sure I've posted those links over at the other Delaware threads, too. And on Facebook. I'm not sure people actually are happy to have the info, though.
Edited by LeslieDJoyce - 10/14/15 at 11:01am