- Oct 12, 2020
Do the roosters bite?Chiming in since my barbs have made it to the 6 week mark and are now outside! These will be this year's "special" meat birds--hoping to have a cockerel or two for the Thanksgiving table.
For reference: I started with a SR of 6 from someone who got them from a Gold Feather mix and didn't want meaties. I ended up with 2 cockerels and 4 pullets, though one girl has since passed from a coccidious outbreak.
Behavior: kind of flighty--not super into being handled, but once in hand they are (mostly) docile. They're inquisitive and curious of what I'm doing whenever I'm cleaning or refilling feed/water. They remind me a bit of Mediterranean breeds like the Andalusian. They talk A LOT and my monster of a cockerel is very chatty which makes me suspect he'll be an early crower (yaaay). They prefer to be up high and roost on the upper most branch in their brooder.
They are on starter feed and will be moved to an organic, high protein feed at 8 weeks. Entertaining the idea of fermenting their feed. Plan on finishing the french way with plenty of dairy!