can any one tell me why roosters at the show are so big?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Omran, Oct 25, 2008.

  1. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    we went today to a poultery show and I have seen a very huge roosters I swear some of them over 15 or 20lb, I just really like to know if that normal or they give tis birds some kind of hormons?
    And they were all kind of breeds RIR ,white rosck,the op yellow looking one jersy jiant.
    please post pictures of your roosters for us to enjoy them if you can.
    Thank you all.
    Omran& Angela
     
  2. Buckaroo

    Buckaroo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was wondering the same thing, I seen some big birds yesterday at the fair, man they was as big as turkeys.
     
  3. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

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    I have heard that hatchery birds (such as the hatchery Jersey Giants) don't get as big as the breeder birds that have been bred especially to fit the standard. At shows, you're looking at the best of the breed, so it's likely you're seeing the birds as they were intended to be (standard-wise).

    I'm not sure why small size is a trait of some hatchery birds; maybe one of the breeder experts on here can elaborate on that.
     
  4. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    When we bought our chickens, there was a White Leghorn rooster that I swear was 3 1/2 feet tall. I couldn't believe my eyes.
     
  5. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    Is there a bias for big cockerals?
     
  6. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Quote:[​IMG] It's not the size that matters. It's how friendly they are.
     
  7. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    Each breed has a weight standard for pullets and hens and cockerels and roosters. If a rooster is too big for his standard he will be marked down.
     
  8. Frizzledhen

    Frizzledhen Spear Gunnin' Coons

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    Quote:[​IMG] It's not the size that matters. It's how friendly they are.

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  9. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

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    Quote:[​IMG] It's not the size that matters. It's how friendly they are.

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    I personally like the biggest, fattest, friendliest ones the best. [​IMG]
     
  10. Frizzledhen

    Frizzledhen Spear Gunnin' Coons

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    pips&peeps :

    Each breed has a weight standard for pullets and hens and cockerels and roosters. If a rooster is too big for his standard he will be marked down.

    I agree that they should be but judges don't carry a scale around with them. They are having this problem with RIRs. Seems like bigger is better even if they are over the standard weight.​
     

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