Jersey Giant/ORP cross

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by CDennis, Nov 26, 2010.

  1. CDennis

    CDennis Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was looking at my Giants today and it got me to wondering. Would a JG cross with an Orp make a nice sustainable DP breed? I love the temperament of the giants but I haven't eaten them yet, the orps are wonderful eating and laying birds. Has anyone made this cross?
     
  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    If you're a patient person, the cross would be a slightly slow grower, as Jersey Giants are (at least, they should be. . . ) Again, as I always say, it depends on where you got your birds from. A non-hatchery Jersey Giant can grow to weigh over ten pounds, and an Orpington at 9 pounds. . . Hatchery type birds weigh a LOT less and grow faster though.

    But, consider hybrid vigor. [​IMG]
     

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