Anybody try a JG cross for meat?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by tberggren, Apr 15, 2008.

  1. tberggren

    tberggren Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know the Jersey Giants grow slow but what if you crossed it with an early maturing bird, like a Buff Orp.? Any thoughts?
     
  2. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    I think they would grow simply too slow. Mine are approaching a year old now and still the males have a lot of growth left to them and they're pretty skinny. They put all the nutrition into skeleton rather than meat.
     
  3. FutureChickenMan

    FutureChickenMan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm gonna do some crosses but with rocks and cornish. One problem with the jg is the large bone structure. Just because it's bigger doesn't mean a big meat yield. jg's I've read are good for capons but who does capons anymore?
     
  4. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    I ate one from a specialty store last year. There is no point in caponization now that we have better meat chickens available. I think it's unnecessary trauma on the bird which can be avoided, so I choose not to make them.
     
  5. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    JG's take a long time to grow out. They eat like horses. The hens don't lay enough eggs either to pay for what they eat.
     
  6. 1acrefarm

    1acrefarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would like to try breeding a 3/4 rock 1/4 JG with a cornish and see what comes of that.
     
  7. greyfields

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  8. scgamecock

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  9. willheveland

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    Quote:I'll gamble it will be a chicken.

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