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How do they get so big?

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

  1. clayburnley

    clayburnley Hatching

    Dec 16, 2009
    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 Crowing Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    most likely they are breeder quality birds instead of hatchery quality
  3. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA

    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 Songster

    Nov 25, 2010
    Orem, Utah.
    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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