Breeding Question for the Pros

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by chunky_ficken, Sep 6, 2009.

  1. chunky_ficken

    chunky_ficken Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a 6 month old BBB hen that was orphaned due to a coyote attack. She's been with our flock of Eastern's for about 3 months now. Yesterday my Eastern Tom mated with her.........my question.....is it a good idea to hatch out her eggs if she lays? Will an Eastern/BBB cross be worth raising as a meat bird?
    She is already showing signs of outgrowing her legs......she's almost as big as the Tom, maybe bigger.
    Any comments or suggestions are appreciated.

    Thanx,

    chunky_ficken
     
  2. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I butcher my heritage turkeys (Bourbon Reds) for Thanksgiving so I don't know why you couldn't butcher a BBB/Eastern turkey cross.
     
  3. Duck Keeper

    Duck Keeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've heard that you can do that, but I would think they would:

    1.) Grow slower than a BB variety, resulting in better flavor and less leg problems
    2.) Be able to breed easier than a pure BB (since they can't breed naturally)
    3.) or be bigger than a heritage, but with minimal flavor loss


    Not really a 'pro' per se, but I like to try. [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2009
  4. chunky_ficken

    chunky_ficken Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the replies.........I'll see what happens and let y'all know.

    c_f
     

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