Originally Posted by vehve
Our Sussexes grew pretty slowly, but I suppose it's a question of the lines too.
Not sure what I'll end up with yet, but they're supposed to be known for fast growth and great laying, something similar to good New Hampshire reds, good meat birds for a heritage breed.
I hope to hatch around 50 and number band them, keep track of fastest feathering, quickest growth and select only the best for breeding. Try to keep track of best layers also but that might be difficult, really don't want to use egg trap method.
I'm happy so far with these. Even though the giants are way bigger in size giants build frame first meat later. I weighed them at 11.5 weeks, giant cockerels were six pounds sussex five, to look at them you'd think the giants would have a lot more weight than them, muscle must weigh more than bones. The pullets were a pound lighter, both breeds.
When I get numbers on the ground I'll be charting weekly weights on the sussex. Giants will be the expensive ones, have to feed them to full maturity. They say the slowest growing lankiest ones end up being the largest. Hoping for 20 pound capons, I hear they can get that big. Reading up on showing giants they say they've never saw deductions for over the 13 pound weight, with 16-18 pound roosters being quit common.