12 week olds with no size

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by painter chick, Sep 15, 2008.

  1. painter chick

    painter chick Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 12, 2008
    Leelanau county MI
    OK, My crazy chickens (SPRocks) are coming up on 12 weeks, I have a couple Roos who have some size to them but I have 16 of these guys in all and it dosen't appear that theres much meat on them or very little anyway.

    Is this because there not good meat birds? does it take them longer to develop? I started feeding turkey grower about 2 weeks ago, they do run around alot in the yard and there getting scratch and lots of greens also.

    Are they just slow to develop or is it because I just didn't get a good breed for meat? Thanks,
  2. dancingbear

    dancingbear Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2008
    South Central KY
    Pure bred rocks grow slow, though I have read many posts about barred rocks being faster growing than some of the others.

    Read some of the many many many posts on this subject, it's all we talk about, sometimes.
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Yep, the only bird that you'll get store like meat out of is going to be cornish x's or some other meat type bird.
  4. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    You have a few more weeks to wait before they're at a good age to butcher. You can butcher them around 15 or 16 weeks.

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