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Jersey Giant x Buff Orpington growth rate

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by widgeonmangh, Jun 20, 2010.

  1. widgeonmangh

    widgeonmangh In the Brooder

    Jun 20, 2010
    I am a newbie to the chicken raising game and am enjoying it more than I thought I would.

    I began my flock with 4 buffs last spring. This spring I still had four buffs and lots of eggs. I did recently lose a hen due to unknown causes just last week [​IMG].
    In any event I want to expand my flock and begin to raise dual purpose birds at a sustainable rate. So I will be adding a rooster to the flock.

    The question is which rooster.

    I love the looks of the Jersey Giant roosters and think they would probably produce a very nice looking bird when crossed with a Buff Orpington hen or an Austrolorp hen.

    My question is what would the growth rate be like. I don't need the industrial efficiency of the popular meat birds. But 2 years to get a fully grown bird probably won't work for any reasonable meat production for my small flock.

    Would the Jersey x Orpington hybrid produce a faster growth rate and reasonable meat bird?
    Anyone have this cross?

    Thanks for the opinions.
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  2. ghulst

    ghulst Songster

    Aug 31, 2008
    Zeeland Michigan
    They will grow slow.
  3. CalebtheChicken

    CalebtheChicken Songster

    Jun 5, 2010
    Jeremiah, Ky.
    buffs grow rather slow and jerseys grow Really slow
    so the chicks will grow rather slow
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2010
  4. widgeonmangh

    widgeonmangh In the Brooder

    Jun 20, 2010
    How long do you think until broiler stage?

    Comparing the two

    pure orpingtons =?

    orp x Jersey Giants= ?
  5. poodlepill

    poodlepill Songster

    Feb 27, 2010
    Southern Illinois
    Interesting question, I'll give you a bump
  6. widgeonmangh

    widgeonmangh In the Brooder

    Jun 20, 2010

    I have opportunity to get a young Jersey Giant roo, and am debating whether to go that direction or get a black orpington rooster.

    hoping to access someone who has done it.

    I found one person on here who crossed a Jersey Giant and Brahma. Looked like she processed them at 12 weeks. That would be acceptable to me if the cross was best processed at 12-14 weeks.
  7. chickenma

    chickenma Songster

    Sep 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    If you have pure bred jersey giant they will be bigger then most other chicken.
    The buff is standard and the brahma is standard too.
    if I would cross it it would be with an other big chicken like a giant cochin to make sure you have a nice meat chicken that still lays nice size eggs.
    I had several jersey giants and they grow bigger then my standard chicken , really giant chickens.
    I had giant cochins too and I never saw them this big before either. They were good egg layers but eat a lot too.
    Now when it was time to process them it was worth it.
    They both grew faster then the standard chickens.
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  8. mstricer

    mstricer Crowing

    Feb 12, 2009
    That cross will grow slow at 17 weeks they are extremely tall, I gave 4 of ours (all roo's) to an Amish man and he said he's never see such a tall chicken before. At that age they are just getting their frame. At 24 wks an orpington can be eatin but theres not alot of meat. They are very pretty birds not what you would think though they are black and white, not buff.
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  9. widgeonmangh

    widgeonmangh In the Brooder

    Jun 20, 2010
    Thanks for all the advice.

    I think I am going to go with either a Black Orpington ro Austrolorp rooster for the flock. My main focus is eggs but I want a dual purpose bird and plan on eating some on a regular basis.

    Thanks again for the advise, this site is an incredible wealth of information.
  10. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    You may be somewhat disappointed at the weights and the look of the carcass at processing time, they will be a little tough as it will be at least 20+ weeks before they are ready, they will be tall and lean not at all plump but for preasure cooking and soup stock it will be good.


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