Here's my current favorite "new" breeder, Zazzle. Horrible, horrible crow, but really nice meaty bird. I'm overdue for a 24 week weigh-in.
Glad you guys like him, he was bred from a naked Neck rooster over Cornish cross hens.
Hey what is the heaviest naked neck you guys have, Im currently working on improving size and height in mine. The heaviest cock I own is a 16 pound 8 month old. Will post a pic of him tomorrow.
Cool. I got a few Cornish cross chicks from feed store last fall with this idea. However... don;t think they are the fast growing ones.. most likely the slow growing broiler cornish. Was disappointed but recently picked them up and they have a LOT of meat on a very long breast.. was surprised! Hope to do NN crosses with them soon.
Thanks for all the compliments guys! I have to admit, I think Zazzle is pretty spectacular, but I also know I tend to be biased.
All of my NNs do really, really well in the southern AZ heat. While my other birds are panting, drooping and looking downright miserable my NNs will be sunning themselves, dust bathing and hunting for critters in the yard.
The most well-behaved of my birds will still stand on the digital scale for me, but once they reach a certain size I usually resort to holding them while I step on a scale and then subtracting my weight from our combined weight. Perhaps not the most accurate way to measure, but it generally gets the job done.
I had considered using the Hogan method to determine production but I've honestly got so many girls giving me eggs all year round that I haven't really worried about it. I'm pretty good at knowing which hen laid which egg simply because I've spent so much time tracking egg production, so daily egg counts combined with examination of beak and leg coloring frequently tells me all I need to know. For meat I simply weigh and handle my birds on a regular basis and chart their growth progress from hatch until roughly 24 weeks. I'm slowly learning to recognize which traits are indicative of better meat production that way.