Craigslist ad?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by bryan8, Nov 4, 2009.

  1. bryan8

    bryan8 Songster

    May 21, 2009
    New york
  2. I wonder exactly what breeds she has. I did have some huge cuckoo maran roosters, I didn't process him but he was very tall and very broad breasted. The woman that I sold him to could not believe his size, I sold her some big New Hampshire Reds too, they were six months old.
    I have no idea if it is the norm for these two breeds, maybe its possible she has some big breeds but 12 weeks still seems iffy for me.
    I have some 12 week old roosters out there now and only one is a big boy and the rest I wouldn't bother processing at all.
    I would get more info from her if you are interested.
    $5.00 is a good deal if you are going to process them yourself.
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Maybe 5 lbs alive, but even heavy breeds don't reach their max weight till they are over a year old.

    If they really are 5 lbs dressed, they must be meat birds on the light side of the scale, or a ranger broiler type.
  4. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    Maybe they meant 5 lbs dressed in heavy work clothes and thick-soled hiking boots. [​IMG]

    I think it would be worth a look anyway, $5 isn't bad for even a half-grown meat bird. Be sure to invite these folks to BYC so they can join in on our fun.
  5. happychickmom

    happychickmom In the Brooder

    Jul 24, 2009
    SE Louisiana
    Maybe she meant that they were on medicated starter for the first 8 weeks or so and have been on non-medicated grower these last 12 weeks. [​IMG] 20 weeks would be more likely to give you 5 pound chickens.
  6. dancingbear

    dancingbear Songster

    Aug 2, 2008
    South Central KY
    Maybe the seller doesn't know what the word "assorted" means. She could have all broilers, Cornish X or that type, and just think "assorted" is the word you use when you have a bunch of them. Or she doesn't have a good scale, and is over-estimating the weight of the birds, maybe she didn't weigh any of them at all. We all know they look bigger until you get them plucked.

    Maybe you should call and ask her what breeds they are. They're probably all broiler breeds, if they really weigh as much as she claims.
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2009
  7. bnchristian

    bnchristian In the Brooder

    May 4, 2009
    My cornish x white rock broilers were well over 5 lbs dressed at 12 weeks one was nearly 8lbs. I am not sure what she means by "assorted", but meat birds are bred to grow fast. Some even recomend slaughter at as early as 7 weeks. We keep ours for 12+ and just butcher them as we eat them but these super heavy birds reach full size in a hurry.
  8. Eggs4Sale

    Eggs4Sale Songster

    Jun 29, 2009
    Underestimated the amount of meat we would have??? Who doesn't want more meat?
  9. I saw an ad on our local Craigslist this past weekend that is almost identical to this one, same thing, bought way more than they need etc.
    I think its just their way of being in business, oh look we bought 150 chickens and its just the two of us so we have to sell some.
  10. petrelline

    petrelline Songster

    Feb 13, 2009
    Los Gatos, CA
    I agree with happychickmom's assessment. I don't think these are 12 week old meaties, I think they really are assorted roosters and probably closer to 6mos old or more. They've just been fed grower feed for the last 12 weeks.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by