Has anyone that has bred for size had the feeling that they just want to work on the project and not really sell any? I quick butcher the excess birds to feed to my dogs. Fast them the night before (if I remember) and dispatch, take a big strainer, swish them around in how water, throw them in my chicken plucker (with a pool noodle around the bottom to stop them from getting stuck in the outside crack) cool and throw in baggies to feed my dogs. I keep only the largest 3-4 out of each hatch and carry on. The first bunch I hatched from shipped eggs, the ones I kept were 400-420 grams and some of them get sore feet. They left the breeding program and I have not had sore feet after that. I started with Texas A & M and had one 385 gram brown from previous stock that I crossed with my 440 gram white male. I thought I wanted to buy eggs from browns that were supposed to have come from 400 grams and bigger parents (from direct JMF stock but was told after, they may have been from the strain that lay nice big eggs, but do not get so big) but hardly any of those made 300 grams let along 400, so I went back to the drawing board with the offspring of the brown female and the largest male. I took 1 male and 2 females, but put them with my larger whites, the male with larger white females and the females (one of which actually made 460 grams) with the largest white male. Waiting patiently to grow out the offspring from these crosses. But in the meanwhile, I really dont care if I sell any of the offspring, because they are for the dogs for food, the excess, I butcher when I need more space. For me its just so very interesting to work with them to see how they go. My goal is to have consistent 400 to 440 likely gram birds that stay sound and healthy. When at maturity more pass 400 grams than dont out of each hatch then I will be happy. I may even go one more and only set eggs over 15 grams. This thread has kept me going and has inspired me and gave me guidelines to follow.
I rarely sell any. They are here for my families food. If someone asks I may sell a quad but knowing what my birds weights are, Its not often I do. I raise them for our freezer. It always depends on hatch rate and time of year for me.