Growth rate questions--

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Becky_H, May 16, 2009.

  1. Becky_H

    Becky_H Chillin' With My Peeps

    Basically: At what age do various breeds gain their full size. I assume that bantams will top out before large fowl, but I'm being pretty specific in my wonderings.

    At what age will a red-sex-link attain full size? What about a Orpington? Light Brahma? D'Uccles?
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
  3. Becky_H

    Becky_H Chillin' With My Peeps

    I saw that. Unfortunately I'm too new to know what that means. I know roughly when they start laying and all but I don't know what counts as slow maturing. Does that mean 2 years or 6 months, you know?
  4. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    There is a wide variation. In general exhibition birds mature more slowly than production strains.

    I would say that production strains are pretty much at maturity about the time they begin laying. My silkies often don't finish maturing until they are two or more years.
  5. damselfish

    damselfish Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2008
    Southwest Missouri
    My Buff Orpington hen was still growing, sort of widening out her rear end to a matronly stance, until she was about a year old.

    We have been known to call her "Wide Load" when she is not listening.

    I can't help with the other breeds you named.
  6. mom2chicksandpups

    mom2chicksandpups Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2009
    Southeast Alabama
    Quote:Nice chart! Thanks for sharing that. I have bookmarked it for future reference. [​IMG]

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