Buff-Orpingtons

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by mountainpridefarm, Jan 8, 2010.

  1. mountainpridefarm

    mountainpridefarm Out Of The Brooder

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    I feel like I just realized an awesome DP breed that has been right in front of my eyes! Buff Orpingtons seem to be great. As I have stated before I will be purchasing from McMurray this year and in addition to the dark cornish I am thinking some BO. I have been told that they make a nice broiler at 12 weeks which is perfect! The only problem is the white skin....is this undesirable? Has anybody raised BO from McMurray for meat birds? Where can I find a picture of one dressed?
     
  2. Bantimna

    Bantimna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Orpingtons are not ready to be slaughtered at 12 weeks. You might be thinking of the Cornish X. Birds that are dual purpose lay a good number of eggs and have enough meat on their bodies to give a good meal. It takes about 1-2 years till they are ready. If you want a Heritage Meat Bird, I would say go for Jersey Giants. They take long to mature, but I have been told they are very good Meaties and Egg-layers.
     
  3. xC0000005

    xC0000005 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My orps wouldn't have made a snack at 12 weeks. They are big fluffy birds now but There's a lot of feathers to subtract before you get to the meat level..
     
  4. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

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    My BO is almost 8 weeks old and would just barely fit on a biscuit - but it would be an awfully cute biscuit!
     
  5. mountainpridefarm

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    Quote:Even though they mature late are they fast growing, as in a 4lb bird in 12-16 weeks?
     
  6. Fort Orpington

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    We also got Buff Orpingtons last year from McMurray, we processed the roos at 18 weeks and once they were done they were all around four pounds. I will try to post pics.
     
  7. Fort Orpington

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  8. mountainpridefarm

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    Quote:Thank YOU SO MUCH! This is exactly what I was looking to see (though don't anybody hesitate to post more). They seem like they are decent birds and I am absolutely fine with 18 weeks. The legs look odd to me, not sure why...?
     
  9. Fort Orpington

    Fort Orpington Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay so just looked back and the legs are weird because that is a cooked EE. Sorry I should of looked more carefully, now for an even more embarrassing point... they look weird because I cut the skin down so my kids would not know which rooster we were eating. sorry again but they were all about the same size....
     
  10. mountainpridefarm

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    OK, they just looked as if they were standing tall...and straight up.
    and what is EE?
     

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