Well, yes, SUPER interested in fibro, of course. But separately have had a wild idea (likely induced by cold medicine) of having fuzzy Silkie NN crosses. I'm probably crazy...
- Ant Farm
I got it the first time I saw it, I think beer butt chicken is the best way ever to cook a whole chicken.
So maybe look for showgirls instead or additionally. The showgirls would give you a jump start and since they have already been crossed you might be able to find them bigger then the silkies.
If you don't come back we will know where to start the search.
Wasn't there a long discussion of this regarding New Hampshires or Delewares earlier, with @gjensen weighing in on it? Or was that in the Heritage Large Fowl thread?
Or am I imagining it altogether? (Which wouldn't be a stretch -hopped up on cold medicine at the moment, ugh.)
- Ant Farm
I was posting about it somewhere ... either the Heritage LF thread, or a Delaware breeding thread.
I shared a link to an article from 1957 which claimed "Late Feathering Closely Linked with Columbian Color in Chickens" based on a study counting feather rates of some Delaware/New Hampshire cross chicks where something like only 9 out of nearly 2000 chicks that hatched with the Barred Silver Columbian (Delaware coloring) were fast feathering, where only about the same number of chicks that hatched with the New Hampshire coloring were slow feathering.
I think it was @gjensen who said he thought the researchers didn't understand the results of the study. It was a very interesting discussion. Raised a lot of great questions, I think.
For a while, I could access the entire text of this article for free, but now I can only access the abstract, which is here ... http://ps.oxfordjournals.org/content/35/2/490.abstract
I think with broilers slow feathering doesn't bother anyone much as it just means fewer feathers to pluck. But if you're paying to heat a brooder, you likely want them to feather faster.
Dumb question: What does fibro mean?
Gheesh! I spent one day setting up my garden and came back to find 58 new posts! You guys have been busy.
@Fire Ant Farm If you decide to try purchasing Show Girls instead of large Silkies I know of a breeder here in AZ who may be able to help you out. She's only been working with Show Girls for a few months, but she takes excellent care of her birds. I'm not sure if she's breeding for size though....and she definitely falls into the category of "chickens = pets", but I know of several people who've bought various breeds from her and rave about her birds.