How do they get so big?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by clayburnley, Jan 15, 2011.

  1. clayburnley

    clayburnley New Egg

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    I went to a poultry show today in Jefferson Ga. Saw a Langshan rooster and hen that were the greatest looking chickens I've ever seen. OMG, how do they get so big?[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    most likely they are breeder quality birds instead of hatchery quality
     
  3. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Quote:Yep.

    Take for example, Brahmas should be HUGE birds too, but hatchery quality ones, in almost every case, max at 6 lbs. A normal show quality one should weigh 9 lbs for a hen.

    Even normal breeds like Barred Rocks - your average BR hen is about 5 lbs and pretty thin. A true show quality one is HUGE and fluffy.
     
  4. Chiko

    Chiko Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is true a friend experimented last year she bought a batch of chicks from a breeder and ordered the same kinds and amounts of chicks from cackle hatchery and the breeder chicks grew up healthier and layed first 3 of the hatchery chicks died and the breeder chicks all survived [​IMG]
     

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