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Normal weight for a New Hampshire Red rooster?

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I have a gorgeous New Hampshire Red rooster that I rescued from a live poultry market (he should have been someone's lunch). I weighed him today and he is fifteen pounds. Is this exceptionally large?

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1 tolerant husband, two gorgeous kids, 3 cats, 1 dog, 3 rabbits,  1 NJ Giant, 2 silkies, 2 Ameraucanas, 1 maybe delaware, one New Hampshire red hen, one NH rooster, and about ten fish.
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1 tolerant husband, two gorgeous kids, 3 cats, 1 dog, 3 rabbits,  1 NJ Giant, 2 silkies, 2 Ameraucanas, 1 maybe delaware, one New Hampshire red hen, one NH rooster, and about ten fish.
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post #2 of 6
Thread Starter 

I should add, is he show worthy? He is a huge scaredy cat and doesn't like to be held much, would this disqualify him for showing?

1 tolerant husband, two gorgeous kids, 3 cats, 1 dog, 3 rabbits,  1 NJ Giant, 2 silkies, 2 Ameraucanas, 1 maybe delaware, one New Hampshire red hen, one NH rooster, and about ten fish.
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1 tolerant husband, two gorgeous kids, 3 cats, 1 dog, 3 rabbits,  1 NJ Giant, 2 silkies, 2 Ameraucanas, 1 maybe delaware, one New Hampshire red hen, one NH rooster, and about ten fish.
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post #3 of 6

He looks to be a cross and not a pure New Hampshire.

* Note that the breed is a New Hampshire and not a "New Hampshire Red". There is only one breed that has Red in its name and that is the Rhode Island Red.  wink

Chris

 

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Breeding Large Fowl Single and Rose Comb Rhode Island Reds to APA Standard


"I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares." – 

George Washington

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post #4 of 6
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Hi, thanks for the correction. What makes you think he's a cross? Is it the dark feathering in his wings?

1 tolerant husband, two gorgeous kids, 3 cats, 1 dog, 3 rabbits,  1 NJ Giant, 2 silkies, 2 Ameraucanas, 1 maybe delaware, one New Hampshire red hen, one NH rooster, and about ten fish.
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1 tolerant husband, two gorgeous kids, 3 cats, 1 dog, 3 rabbits,  1 NJ Giant, 2 silkies, 2 Ameraucanas, 1 maybe delaware, one New Hampshire red hen, one NH rooster, and about ten fish.
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post #5 of 6

Most New Hampshires out there are not true to breed, and are actually underweight because of their over-breeding for production layers.

Your rooster has too low of a tail, too thick of legs, and too meaty of a breast for a typical production New Hampshire. He looks to me like a Freedom Ranger or a cross.

Even heritage and show type New Hampshires look like THIS . Still different from yours. wink

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Thank you.

1 tolerant husband, two gorgeous kids, 3 cats, 1 dog, 3 rabbits,  1 NJ Giant, 2 silkies, 2 Ameraucanas, 1 maybe delaware, one New Hampshire red hen, one NH rooster, and about ten fish.
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1 tolerant husband, two gorgeous kids, 3 cats, 1 dog, 3 rabbits,  1 NJ Giant, 2 silkies, 2 Ameraucanas, 1 maybe delaware, one New Hampshire red hen, one NH rooster, and about ten fish.
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