Originally Posted by CanadianBuckeye
I'm wondering how many of today's Giants would actually make a decent roaster at 6 months now? Same thing with the Cornish- really of what practical use is a bird that takes a year to mature? I know they can do better.
The slower growth of the giants gets their bone/joints/frame big and strong enough to support their weight before they fill out. Reading on the history of giants they believe they were bred larger by inadvertently selling the faster growing birds early, the lankier ones they kept ended up growing out much larger than the faster growing giants and were the ones left for breeding.
NJGC;"Cockerels weighing 9 pounds at 6 months of age, Capons weighing 12 pounds at 7 months, and pullets starting to lay at 6 months."
I butchered one of our cockerels at six months and it was very meaty, huge legs, and tender. They just have large turkey like bones and can pack on much more weight given more time. Capons at 9 months to a yr 16-18 lbs.