Originally Posted by Minniechickmama
It kind of depends on your perspective...
Is a rooster that is put to use to provide food for someone a real waste? Or is it a waste to continue housing and feeding a rooster who is not going to give you anything in return but eye candy? Just a thought.
You know Mareks exists all over? If you had a really bad strain that just killed everything, I would be concerned, but what I have been told by many older/more experienced breeders than myself, is that you need to recognize the early symptoms and cull weak birds that will just share it. Also, just a thought.
I had a Silkie on year who molted late, and went broody in the corner of the pen and continued laying through most of her molt too. Who ever said that those are wussy birds?
I do know mareks is everywhere. It isn't just the weak birds that share it. My understanding is that my healthy appearing hens will shed it in their dander, and sick birds will shed it at a higher concentration. I don't know if it is like mrsa, that antibiotic resistant staph that closes down high school wrestling - apparently most of us carry that on our skin! but our immune systems handle it. Someone else, has a little cut, comes in contact with it, and it gets serious. THat is everywhere too.
Not being a biologist and having no medical background, I've wondered if the mareks virus is like that, although staph is a bacterial thing. However, I would never ever give or sell a chicken or chick from my flock without the person's full knowledge of the mareks exposure. I know too many people on byc who have gotten chicks or pullets from breeders that have died and and been diagnosed via path labs with mareks, and subsequently lost half their flock. They were heart broken, and some took some serious financial hits. Full disclosure is one thing, silence is another. And Iif someone was being honest with me, and I was interested in buy or trading chicks/chickens, I would have reacted like Ralphie does - I would stay far away from that person and decline to take any of their chicks or chickens.
I don't have any problem eating roosters....its just the the creamettes are so little. And...I like little roosters - they are easier on the girls. I had so many broodies this year, I wanted to get a rooster later this winter, but Ralphie's creamettes, well...how can I resist? There is something about a creamette rooster, I never saw such a bright-eyed sweetheart as the one I lost.
Minniechickmama, if you end up wanting bobwhites, I'm sure I could spare a pair. I have no idea where they are from though, or if you were interested in showing or if there is a standard, etc. What floors me is the idea that someone would raise those for meat because bobwhites, apparently at full maturity, weigh a whopping 6 oz - so I am guessing you would be lucky to get 3 oz of meat off of them!
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