I have questions for the people who have or have had NN.
I have never owned them and was never before interested in them until reading this thread and learned they have meaty carcasses.
Is the carcass quality at all tied to the NN gene? In other words, is an Nn bird likely to be less meaty than an NN bird?
If you cross breed them, introducing them into a line only in the first generation, say DCxNN then DCxDC/NN then DCxDC/DC/NN (I hope that makes sense) how long is the thin feathering maintained?
Has anyone done a DCxNN cross?
How did you like the cross as meat birds?
Please and thank you
In my experience so far, the NN vs the Nn hasn't made a difference in how meaty they are in and of themselves. One of my NN right now is rather skinny, whereas another is super meaty. I have the same experiences with Nn birds. The difference comes from the genetics of the individual bird including what was crossed to breed it. I haven't yet tried the DC x NN cross, but it's on the list as party of my breeding plans. Right now I'm working on improving my pure NN line first, and then I'll start cross-breeding.
Here are two of my NNs to show how different the body styles can be:
Ozzy has a nice, meaty frame with good breast and thighs.
Ruby is mostly feather and frame.
Edited by DesertChic - 1/31/16 at 8:13pm