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Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by aoxa, Dec 7, 2013.
Wonderful! Are you seeing the growth rate of the Meat Kings with the offspring?
Faster, and wider than normal heritage birds, but not nearly as fast as their mothers for sure. I am aiming for 12-14 weeks. Before sex hormones kick in and toughen them up. Both I kept are girls from the second generation. I am breeding them back to their father and continuing. This generation won't be processed
I put 6 eggs in and 5 hatched. Sold 4 of them, because I didn't have enough mutts to fill her order. She is going to give me back a male if she gets one.
Here she is now at 23 weeks. She has been laying for a while, because now she is broody. I didn't even realize she was laying because she does not have a big comb.
She's with some 8 week old CX in these photos.
This was my first year with chicks so of course I've made mistakes, but you may have answered a question for me. I started with 30 chicks, 4 runner ducks, and 5 boilers. I didn't know to keep the boilers separate from the others so I just raised them all together. Once they reached about 4 weeks, I put them all out in the chicken house (it's a 20x20 barn type thing made for chickens) I loved watching my boilers get so big and could easily tell them apart. I started them all out there in a child's swimming pool until they were big enough to get out if it on their own. Then I let them roam about the coop. So, they were all together, and every few days I would count my boilers... 5. Then one day I counted only 4. I have a couple white chickens but none of those were big enough for me to be sure it was a boiler. Could it be possible that one of my boilers stopped eating as much and therefore didn't get big like the others? If so, I now have a boiler out there with the rest if the chickens, enjoying a very big run and being treated like a laying hen. How can I tell the difference between my white rocks and a boiler? Btw, I only bought 2 white rocks but have 3 white chickens now....I read your post and am thinking I might still have a boiler out there. Lol (I'm. So green at this)
Wow, what a problem. Just wait a little while and they will shoot up bigger than the others.
Aoxa, is there any update on your cornish x birds?
I have 3, 6 week old cornish x pullets now currently at 1lb. All their sibling are at 5-6lbs. I am restricting the 3'pullets feed and am hoping they will make it to lay eggs. I can't have roosters where I am so they will just be for eggs, no future generations with them.
No not much. The hen I held back is roughly 10 pounds. VERY large. She is bare backed and a very agile chicken unlike her mother. I have her in with my Buckeyes right now. She can roost 4 feet high without a ladder as well. I must get a recent picture as long as no one judges me on her naked back area lol
Please post a picture, and I'll do the same with mine. These 3 have free ranged better than any chicken I've had before. They run all over our 3 acres.
They get just enough 20% chick starter to fill their bellies once a day in the evening. They also get a small handful of scratch grains in the morning, but they share that with our 7 layers.