ISA brown layer hens crossed with my Orpington roo

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by adoptedbyachicken, Sep 25, 2009.

  1. adoptedbyachicken

    adoptedbyachicken Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    One of my ISA Brown layers took off into the bush and set some eggs late this summer. Those 8 chicks are looking like great meat birds! The cockerals especially are really full breasted and they are all growing up well. Hybred vigor and yet they have some consistancy in the group. I'll post some pictures, but I think I might try this next year, the ISA is my fav layer breed to have around for egg production, and locking a dozen of them up with the roo for a bit so I can get a 50 - hundred eggs for the bator would save me the chick cost.

    Just a thought for those wanting to do their own meat birds.
  2. kingmt

    kingmt Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2009
    Mason WV
    I'm interested.
  3. willkatdawson

    willkatdawson Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2008
    Could you please post a pic of your Isa's. I have been interested in that breed but can't find a whole lot of information on them. I found your post by searching "Isa Brown". I'm glad to hear they are one of your favorite breeds. I can't wait to see your hens and your crosses! [​IMG]
  4. daisy_dukers

    daisy_dukers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2007
    I have ISA Browns...25 in fact.... Born June 1st....a few started laying early about 3 weeks ago...getting 11 eggs a day as of yesterday...

    Calm, quiet egg laying machines....

    2lbs of feed per bird per week on avg if I dont give them any grazing time.

    If I do, then it drops by about 1/2lb per week..

    I have been geting 2-3 double yolkers per day too [​IMG]

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