Cross breeding ?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Keno, Jul 17, 2008.

  1. Keno

    Keno In the Brooder

    May 6, 2008
    I'm new to this chicken ranching and have a question of cross breeding. I have Jersey Giants and Light Brahmas and am planning on keeping a couple roosters of each and several hens of each. Is their a problem if there is cross breeding between the two other than not being a pure strain ? I was planning on using the offspring for meat and eggs .
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Jersey Giants are not worth their weight in meat as far as I am concerned. They grow very slow, eat tons of feed and are late to produce eggs. If you want meat buy the cornish crosses, feed them 8 - 10 weeks and put them in your freezer. You'll have to grow those jersey's to 15 - 20 weeks and still get a very thinly meated bird who eats more feed than you can justify. By that age they'll be tough and only good for stewing.
  3. pdsavage

    pdsavage Sussex Monarch

    Mar 27, 2008
    What you want is a duel purpose chicken if you want meat and eggs,but dont want cornish type chickens.
    I have selveral duel purpsose breeds and realy like them.
    If you want to cross breed them there should be no proublem.As long as you dont have to many rooster to hen ratio.i belive its one rooster to about 8-10 hens.
    Of course that means we will need to see pictures of the offspring.
  4. Kanchii

    Kanchii Songster

    A better dual purpose breed would probably be a rock. They make fine table birds I hear, and lay very well!
  5. Keno

    Keno In the Brooder

    May 6, 2008
    Well a dual porpose is what I am wanting . I see a vote against the Giant ,but how about the Light Brahmas ?
    On the breed chart at one of the hatchery sites show both the Brahmas and Giants as dual purpose .This is getting confusing.
  6. goldensunriseranch

    goldensunriseranch Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
    Mays Landing NJ
    Those breeds might be able to be used as dual purpose, but it's just that there are more suitable birds that suit those purposes better. Grow faster, lay faster and/or lay more consistently etc.
  7. austinhart123

    austinhart123 Songster

    Mar 12, 2008
    Los Angeles CA
    Quote:Brahmas arent the best layers, but when they do, they lay a beautiful big brown egg. i would go with slower growing cornish and rhode island reds.

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