Jersery Giants as meat birds

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by LocoPollo, Sep 15, 2008.

  1. LocoPollo

    LocoPollo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a question about using Jersey Giants for meat. Though they are big, I heard they were not good for broilers. Is this because it takes so long to raise them, thus they arent economical? or is the meat not good by the time the bird gets big?
     
  2. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    It takes them nearly 2 full years to become full grown. In the first year, they are mostly building carriage and bone, rather than muscle.
     
  3. LocoPollo

    LocoPollo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ahh I see. thanks!
     
  4. moodusnewchick

    moodusnewchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:My BJG roo is huge at 21 weeks. He's like the size of a small turkey. If I can succeed in keeping him alive for two years, I can't imagine what he'll be like!! His sister on the other hand is actually smaller than the layers of the same age. Kinda weird.
     
  5. greyfields

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    The issue is that they are large, but they're not heavy. I have a few 6-8 month old broilers I've held back (Freedom Rangers) who are far heavier than any of my jersey giants who are at least a full year older.
     
  6. moodusnewchick

    moodusnewchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll get a weight on him this weekend when PC comes over. You're right, he is larger than he actually feels when I get a chance to pick him up.
     

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