Are my 'egg' chicken actually meat chickens?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by PinkHairGirl, Oct 22, 2011.

  1. PinkHairGirl

    PinkHairGirl Out Of The Brooder

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    I got chicks at a church fete for my kids, they were supposed to be egg laying chickens
    I am new to the whole chicken thing and gave them access to food all the time but now it has been suggested that they might be Cornishx or a meat breed chicken.
    My kids would not forgive me if we ate them, as they have become so attached to them. They were supposed to be pets/egg chickens.
    If they are meat birds what should I do? Restrict their food and see if they can live longer? or am I condemning them to getting sick and having heart disease?
    They do free range twice a day with the kids for about an hour. The kids keep them out the vegetable patch
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  2. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

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    How old are they in those pictures?
     
  3. PinkHairGirl

    PinkHairGirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry forgot to say they were about 7-8 weeks there
     
  4. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

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    at that age, I don't think they are meat chickens (which would be bald looking and ready to eat at 8 weeks) but they do look like roosters. [​IMG] Maybe white rocks?
     
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  5. superchemicalgirl

    superchemicalgirl HEN PECKED

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    I have good news and bad news for you.

    The good news: I don't think they're meat chickens, they're pretty small for 8 weeks old.

    The bad news: They look like roosters, so you won't be getting many eggs out of them.

    Sorry.
     
  6. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Before the Rock was used in the CornishX cross to create the modern meat bird, this was one of the most popular meat birds. The White Rock Roo.
    No, they're aren't CornishX, but for most folks, yes they are meat birds. [​IMG]
     
  7. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

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    fred's hens, you are of course correct. For OP, you won't be condemning them to being sick or having heart disease - these guys can grow up to be roosters with full rooster lives, not like the Cornish X that will keel over after a certain short lifespan. They are just boys of a larger chicken breed that is considered 'dual purpose'.

    Oh and no need to restrict feed, I don't think. That's something you do with Cornish X. I don't eat chicken, so could be wrong on this. [​IMG]
     
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  8. PinkHairGirl

    PinkHairGirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you, we are much relieved that they are not going to die imminently. Pity they are all roosters. Oh well I will try borrow a girl from a friend that got chicks on the same day and see if we can get some babies when they are ready.
     
  9. birdmomma

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    (I wouldn''t get just one hen - they could kill her with their attentions!)
     
  10. PinkHairGirl

    PinkHairGirl Out Of The Brooder

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    sorry meant to say will keep 1 and try get a female.
     

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