How to take care of a chicken

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by babygirl500, Mar 24, 2012.

  1. babygirl500

    babygirl500 New Egg

    Mar 24, 2012
    hi i would like to know how do you get chickens blue blood which chicken you need to pick when to get them for fair and i have a question is it true that after 10 weeks chickens cant walk anymore and they start to die?
  2. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2010
    Glasgow, KY
    "Meat chickens" are solely raised for eating.
    They eat a lot as chicks and grow very rapidly.
    They are ready to butcher at 8 weeks.
    They will probably die before they reach 3 months of age.
    Other chickens are kept as egg layers or pets (and you can eat them, too).

    Sorry I can't answer your other questions.
  3. QualityPolish

    QualityPolish Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2011
    Honestly I don't understand the first question, can you make it a little more clear?
  4. Life is Good!

    Life is Good! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2011
    suburbia Chicagoland
    Are you looking for a blue ribbon winner chicken breed for the fair?
    If so, then you get to pick what kind (breed) of chicken you'd like to raise. A meat bird (Cornish Cross or CX on this board) lives a short life and is butchered for someone's table. A layer bird is one that is kept for eggs and lives a good long life.
    Find someone near you (a mentor in your group) who raises good chicks and try some of that breed to start with.
    Learn what the breed standard has to say about how they're shaped, what color eyes and legs they should have, etc.
    Find a bird in your flock who has the most of those things listed in the breed standard and exhibit that one or two. The judges will be happy to share knowledge with you, espeically if you're just starting out so you can improve your flock for the next year.

    Hope this helps.
  5. Terri O

    Terri O Chillin' With My Peeps

    Contact your county's 4H poultry leader...they will be able to help you pick out a chicken to start with for showing! Good luck! Terri O

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