meat bird

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by nonieandgus, Jan 15, 2015.

  1. nonieandgus

    nonieandgus New Egg

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    Is the golden comet a good meat bird??
     
  2. matt44644

    matt44644 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sure it would taste ok,but it wont grow as fast or be as big as the commercial broilers.
     
  3. nonieandgus

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    r they also good setters?
     
  4. matt44644

    matt44644 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think they are.
     
  5. nonieandgus

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    does anyone know if it is a good meat bird?/
     
  6. matt44644

    matt44644 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Golden Comets are bred to produce lots of eggs
     
  7. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    X2. They do not make good meat birds, and they are very unlikely to set.
     
  8. collingwood

    collingwood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome to BYC! I'm sorry I don't know much about meat birds!
     
  9. Free Feather

    Free Feather Chillin' With My Peeps

    The golden comet is a bony hybrid. They have been bred to use up all of their rations and energy producing eggs, regardless of the toll on their bodies. They often times die prematurely due to illnesses like ovarian cancer, osteoporosis, prolapsed vent, and other reproductive issues. Expect three years out of them. Some say theirs have lived longer, but it is not to be expected. They tend to be very bossy and assertive, and a little stupid. It is not their fault, however, and it is often worsened by overcrowding. They love to eat because so much of their nutrients go to their eggs. They will typically not set. They are more likely to eat their own eggs for the nourishment. If you expect to eat them, you will get bones and ovaries. My mother has had golden comets before that ran loose in the yard. They ate everyone else's eggs and tried to eat a broody mother's chicks. I have had two production reds, both really bossy, loud, and slim no matter how much they ate. I do not advocate eating chickens, but if that is what you plan to do, get old heritage breeds. Most get bigger and are healthier with longer lifespans. They will often times set and raise chicks. Get from a breeder if possible.
     

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