Originally Posted by Egghead_Jr
No, #'s are dressed weight. 1951 # is for Delaware not hybrid.
We all know hatchery birds don't conform to standard. Bred for egg laying which changes body conformation. Even with that hatchery stock obtained 3.5 lbs dressed in 12 weeks. There must be a standard bred strain that can beat that out there. Thanks for the sustainable poultry link but don't believe people want to drop 225 dollars for 25 chicks. 6 dollars a chick and $50 shipping is enough investment which is about standard costs for breeder stock chicks. Would be interesting to get weights on their birds though. Oddly enough I'v yet to have a breeder with any real data reply to my mails yet.
Part of the reason is Delawares are on the rare side even as hatchery birds. Most efforts with this bird are to essentially rescue the breed and bring it back to standard.
Eight Acre Farm has lines descended from Witmore I believe
You might have better luck getting answers at the Facebook pages
Though again most of the postings there seem to be people with small backyard flocks or looking for Delawares
I think the rarity of the birds has something to do with this.
Ive heard of a couple of other recreation attempts going on but have not been able to get solid information on them
I just think that there are so few of the birds in general and so few heritage meat producing breeders that the intersection of those two things makes the chance of finding the information you are looking for rather slim. At least at this point in time. It seems to me that people are interested but not willing to commit to doing it when NH and other birds are more readily available and possess close to the same properties.