BREEDING FOR PRODUCTION...EGGS AND OR MEAT.

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by hellbender, Dec 27, 2013.

  1. hellbender

    hellbender Overrun With Chickens

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    Speaking of crimes...I was chased into my own summer-kitchen about 18 months ago by a hefty NN cock. He was around 10 pounds and thought he could lick the world. As I breached the threshold, I tripped on something and went down on one knee and with precision timing, said bird sunk two formidable spurs into my ample behind.

    Yes it hurt but mostly, I was offended. I hadn't run from a chicken since I was 8 or 9 years old so I really disappointed myself when I reacted so quickly and dispatched this beautiful bird. Most people I told about it (including Walt) applauded and relayed a similar experience of his own but I really liked the bird and could have dealt with him in a better way....that is a wetter way for OUR operation.
     
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  2. holm25

    holm25 Jr Chicken Wrangler

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    Do birds with thick legs make better broilers or are thick legs just a good thing to have??
     
  3. hellbender

    hellbender Overrun With Chickens

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    Thick legs are certainly great to have in almost any maturing stage of growth but especially if they come with a thick and broad breast!!!
     
  4. holm25

    holm25 Jr Chicken Wrangler

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    The roo I am using a Welsummer. What do you think of his legs and breast??

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  5. hellbender

    hellbender Overrun With Chickens

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    I would like to see one like him denuded. It's really difficult to judge the bird from this angle but from what I've read, they are reasonably meaty birds!!
     
  6. dfr1973

    dfr1973 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    To my eye, he looks a bit flat-breasted. Keep in mind I have been studying Wyandotte pics and illustrations, along with having a few here. It's hard to tell about his legs - if you can get a better pic of him out in the light it would help. I do understand chickens will never strike the right pose when you have the camera ready! As Ron points out, the real test is what is under the feathers, so unless you plan to slaughter him, you'll have to rely on how meaty he feels. None of us can tell that part, so the big thing is: Do you feel he is a good rooster? Ultimately, these will be YOUR chickens.
     
  7. Beer can

    Beer can Overrun With Chickens

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    Welsummers were originally bred from RIR and cochins, barnvelders, partridge leghorns,and wyandottes in the early 1900s and added to the British standard in 1930. I imagine they would work ok with a cross, that's what your plan was right? I have them but picked them more to have something different and for their dark brown spotted eggs. I was going to go with Marans, but I heard Welsummers lay more frequently.
     
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  8. gjensen

    gjensen Overrun With Chickens

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    It is certainly genetic. Highly heritable. It is not learned behavior.
     
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    gjensen Overrun With Chickens

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    That is right. Now we have thugs breeding the dogs that have no business breeding themselves. They have ruined the breed.
     
  10. gjensen

    gjensen Overrun With Chickens

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    Look at thick shanks, and well spaced legs as a good foundation.
     

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