Could my JG be a dud? Or?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ThinkingChickens, Sep 20, 2011.

  1. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My JG is already 8 months and she is still just the size of the other chickens. She weighs more than my Delaware but less than my BR. Could she not really be a JG. I guess these things can happen although I got her from a breeder that was right about all my other girls. I find that my 18 week old Australorp is almost as big as the JG. What gives? Here is a picture...

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    Mabel, Maude and Ethel by Raven Wren Designs, on Flickr

    Here she is with her "sisters" or three of her same aged sisters at least.

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    Egg squat by Raven Wren Designs, on Flickr

    This is her doing her egg squat just so you can see the coloring better

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    Ethel- Jersey Giant by Raven Wren Designs, on Flickr

    Here is her profile
     
  2. 7kids12hens

    7kids12hens Out Of The Brooder

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    I read that the very large breeds mature more slowly than others.
     
  3. TheSpiceGirls

    TheSpiceGirls Overrun With Chickens

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    She's beautiful what ever she is.

    Look at the bottom of her feet. If they are yellow, she's a JG. If not, then she could be an Astralorp.

    My JG is 11 months old and doesn't visually look much larger than my BO. She stands a tad taller than her. But if you pick her up, you can feel the difference. She's SOLID. She was 6.5 the last time I weighed her which was about 6 weeks ago. I'm guessing she's up to 7lbs now.

    My BO was 4.5lbs when I weighed her back 6 weeks ago. But she's got a ton more feathers.
     
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  5. Darklingstorm

    Darklingstorm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a JG hen that will be 8 months tomorrow and she is about as tall as my other non-JG chickens, but I read were it take up to 2 years for a JG to reach full growth maturity. And I can already tell a big difference when I hold her, much heavier and stouter.

    I'm also raising a JG rooster and he is 7 weeks old now. 80% legs and growing fast.
     
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    ceeceeholt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Very cute videos!! Chicken Crack LOL [​IMG]
     
  7. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Wow, two years? I was reading 8-9 months so that might be one problem. I think the bottom of her feet are grey, but I'll double check. I have an Australorp that is about 18 weeks and they do look similar, but not quite the same. The supposed JG has much more green and their faces are different. The JG isn't as red in the face. I'll check feet in a bit.
     
  8. Cpprpnny19

    Cpprpnny19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Love the video of Coco eating a nanner!

    Lynne [​IMG]
     
  9. TheSpiceGirls

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    Quote:Thank you. She had more nanner again tonight. Her sisters don't even try to get any from her. Poor things.
     
  10. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She definitely has grey on the bottom of her feet. Odd though because her breeder doesn't breed any other black chickens. She breeds Delawares and BR's and Cuckoo Marans but that's it. I'm sad to hear she might not be a JG, though I don't care as far as keeping her. She sure looks like all the pictures of mature JG's. Are there ever exceptions on the feet rule?
     

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