Black Flesh Chickens?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by MtnCkn, Dec 3, 2009.

  1. MtnCkn

    MtnCkn Out Of The Brooder

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    I just have a quick question. Is the Silkie the only chicken with black skin,flesh, and bones? Thanks for your help everyone.
     
  2. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

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    I don't believe they are. I remember seeing other breeds somewhere but I do not think they are alone.
     
  3. alicefelldown

    alicefelldown Looking for a broody

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  4. MtnCkn

    MtnCkn Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks everyone for some reason i thought Jersey black giants where black skinned.
     
  5. MtnCkn

    MtnCkn Out Of The Brooder

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    Just looked around so there about the same size in terms of weight. So which one you think would be the best meat bird persay?
     
  6. alicefelldown

    alicefelldown Looking for a broody

    Aug 18, 2008
    Silkies are much smaller than either the Cemani or the Jersey Giants..

    If its a tossup between the both - Jersey Giants have been bred to be heavy meat birds. But they don't have black skin, yellow I believe.

    Cemanis are incredibly hard to find, but have the incentive of being totally black birds.
     
  7. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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  8. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

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    Quote:Silkies are small (bantams), but are still considered a meat bird in some countries. Jersey Giants are large-fowl chickens and are quite large (my hens average between 7-10 lbs and my roo is already 12 lbs and he is still filling out). However, JGs are slow to mature. On average, a JG will get their height/size the first year, while filling out during the second year (my roo is 9 mos old and he is just now starting to get out of his skinny phase). I love JGs, I think they'd make a great meat bird...as long as that is not what you are raising them for (otherwise you'll be waiting a long time!). [​IMG] My delawares and buckeyes (also dual purpose breeds) filled out much quicker and we were able to process the extra roos at about about 4-5 months old with plenty of meat on them.

    However, the none of the above mentioned breeds are black skinned (aside from the silkie, of course), so if you are wanting black skin, then the silkie is probably the way to go (unless the other black-skinned breed mentioned earlier is a decent meat bird as well).
     
  9. LeBlackbird

    LeBlackbird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Nope, Bluish Black bones... [​IMG]
     

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