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New Hamps Question!

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Miss Bella, May 7, 2009.

  1. Miss Bella

    Miss Bella In the Brooder

    May 6, 2009
    Hello All. I got 2 new Hamps a month ago. I am only having them for their eggs not dinner. Someone told me that i will have to slaughter them beacuse they are considered a Meat bird and will get really big and heavy and their chests will drag on the ground. They said that they will develope health problems from this so i should really just slaughter them. Is this true? thanks Everyone.
    Oh... and i have nothing against slaughtering, "to each his own", I just prefer my chickens for their eggs
    Last edited: May 7, 2009

  2. Neil Grassbaugh

    Neil Grassbaugh Songster

    Sep 1, 2008
  3. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    Hogwash! New Hamps are primarily layers but are a great dual purpose breed but not the heaviest of the heavy breeds by far. Just a nice-sized layer but no tendencies whatsoever of becoming "too large". I'm sure they were confusing them with Cornish Rock Cross meat birds.
  4. Kim_NC

    Kim_NC Songster

    Jan 27, 2009
    Mt Airy, NC
    Ditto! Relax...NHReds are a nice dual purpose breed. She'll be a good layer you can enjoy for awhile.

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