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Belgian Malines Have Arrived!!!

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Shellz, Jul 2, 2013.

  1. Shellz

    Shellz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I believe the one above is a roo (only one), the other a pullet. Both one day old.


    This hatch, for whatever reason, has been disappointing. Only 5 healthy chicks hatched from 16 eggs that made it to lockdown. I will use the genesis next time straight thru the process. I had used an LG still air for the actual hatching phase. All the remaining eggs didn't stand a chance, as they were all malpositioned inside. Upside down with beak between the legs. Those that managed to pip and zip halfway, I had noticed they had pecked their leg in the process. So they didn't make it either. I have contacted the breeder & was informed that this is unusual. All previous hatched this season have done very well. Go fig! All is not lost - I will be picking up some 2 week olds he has extras of. Yay!

    I will post more pics as I continue on this journey. The best dual purpose breed now in Ontario, Canada!
     
  2. Shellz

    Shellz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here they are today at 2 days old. Very nice, large chicks! What's not to love?!
     
  3. Chadsky

    Chadsky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    very cute chicks! will be following the progress closely and maybe next year try some for myself! they look great as full grown birds to!
     
  4. Shellz

    Shellz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes & very meaty! The fat is said to spread throughout the muscles, making for a very tasty bird as well! Most other breeds will have pockets of fat instead. I can't wait to try my first bird for dinner!

    I really hope to garner a lot of interest in this breed. It has a lot to offer, I think. Proof will be in the eating though!
     
  5. Chadsky

    Chadsky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it seems from what i have read it is an amazing breed that needs more recognition, i was looking into the jersey giant before but have switched my focus now i think [​IMG]
     
  6. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Where did you get the hatching eggs and if you don't mind me asking, were they expensive?
    Dang, I just saw you are from Canada. That means I likely can't get them from your source.
     
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  7. Shellz

    Shellz Chillin' With My Peeps

    That would be great Chad! I guess you've been looking for the ultimate dual purpose bird too. Keeping my fingers crossed!

    Yes, bigredfeather. All the folks who have them (small number) are in Ontario. They are $50 for a dozen hatching eggs. The cost is much greater when you have to factor in all the legal documents, etc,...Someone else from the U.S. inquired about them too & emailed my source for more info. It really isn't cost effective right now. Part of my wanting to promote this breed, is to hope folks who live close to the border (or willing to transport) will take on this breed as well. By increasing their numbers & acquiring more breeders to take up their cause, there will be better access for all. The price quoted for export of a dozen hatching eggs, was in the area of $400 right now, just to let you know.
     
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  8. Shellz

    Shellz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ok, here they are at 3 days old!

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  9. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    Congrats on your chicks! I'll have to learn about this breed.
     
  10. Shellz

    Shellz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you! Yes, they are a very interesting breed. I'm glad I found them!
    Your birds are gorgeous, btw!
     

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