Giant Sized Chickens

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by DonnaBelle, Jan 1, 2010.

  1. DonnaBelle

    DonnaBelle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I went to a poultry show in Shawnee, Ok. A breeder there had absoutely humongous chickens, about 2=3 times the normal sized chicken.

    Does anyone here raise those giant chickens, and if so, how did you get them so big?? The ones I saw were buff orpingtons.

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  2. organicfoltzfamilyfarm

    organicfoltzfamilyfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well they just look bigger because they have light feathers.

    My roo is taller than my 2 year old daughter.
     
  3. organicfoltzfamilyfarm

    organicfoltzfamilyfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And if they were overweight, thats not healthy either.
     
  4. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

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    It's because the birds are show quality. Show quality birds are known for being MUCH larger than hatchery quality birds. Hatchery quality birds are bred for production. The more eggs they lay, the more the company makes. Breeders of show quality birds breed towards a breed standard, so egg production is not the most important aspect they breed for.

    I breed Langshans, but as for the Orpingtons, I can't remember who in our area has them other than Superior Farms in Yukon, OK. Thing is, Superior Farms is not selling eggs/chicks at this time. They are replenishing their breeder birds.
     
  5. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Quote:I didn't know that!
     
  6. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Yep, Rodriguez beat me to saying it [​IMG] If you think SQ orpingtons are large--check out a SQ brahma [​IMG]
     
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  7. americana-chick

    americana-chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ya BOs can be bigger but they look so big because of their feathers
     
  8. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    SQ birds are a lot bigger that the typical hatchery bird..

    Rhode Island Reds - 9 lbs
    Plymouth Rocks - 10 lbs
    Orpington - 10 lbs
    Cochin - 11 lbs
    Brahma - 12 lbs
    Jersey Giant -13 lbs

    Chris
     
  9. osukrazykate

    osukrazykate Chillin' With My Peeps

    I was at that same show. There were many breeds where the chickens were huge. They weren't fat, just very big chickens. I too want to get some myself. Even the Barred Rocks were really large.
     
  10. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Quote:My JG's were from a hatchery and they are not as big as I had expected. Oh well.
     

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