Happy with Saipan results for meat

TinyBirds

Songster
10 Years
Jul 9, 2009
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Texas
I tried raising saipan this year and love them! They run up to me and are just so curious and friendly compared to all my other breeds. They remind me a little of modern game bantams as far as temperament but just in a big nice meaty body. I ordered 17 of them from ideal poultry and they were born feb 1st. They sent 1 extra and i ended up with 9 boys and 9 girls. I sold 2 pullets and we processed 2 cockerels today. They weighed in at 6 lbs and 5.5 lbs live weights and look perfect after dressing. Next time we process some I'll try to take photos. At around 8 weeks old they were still small (very sweet birds but disappointing size at that point) but then their growth really took off after that. We just fed them flock raiser crumbles and no medicated feeds or anything, and didn't lose any so they seem easy to raise, not requiring a special diet or anything compared to my other birds. For anyone wanting faster growth you could probably cross them with white rocks to get the faster growth and hybrid advantages. I love them! The weights we got are probably less than most people would get because we have sheep that get into the chicken feed if we leave it out during the day, so they only get fed after the sheep get put in the barn and then they eat in the morning too before the sheep get let out. Then just free range with water in the day.
 

TinyBirds

Songster
10 Years
Jul 9, 2009
779
82
181
Texas
Awesome! So glad you like them too! You can tell if girl or boy early since the girls have more feathers and none of the dark feathers the boys have.
 

yoopergirl1211

Songster
Dec 12, 2016
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Erie PA
Yeah thats what i figured. I didnt know much about them. Had been trying to fill the box lol. At first I thought I had two different colors but then realized it was roo coloring. He is super nice but I have sooooo many roos right now.
 

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