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Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by fussaguss, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. fussaguss

    fussaguss Out Of The Brooder

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    Long past few days had a huge chicken loss due to an evil evil evil now very cold coyote.. I has perusing online and found someone 20 minutes away selling ducks for 1.00 each.so i gave in to my impulse and opted to take my three year old to go buy some to help atleast restock some form of bird animal for our farm.Well i got there and low and behold they also had straight run chicks for 1.00 each! (they buy out extras from a hatchery and sell for cheap) so 45 dollars later i have 14 ducks 11 cornish cross and 20 random brown layers. I have never raised cornish cross before and was advised i need to butcher by about 6 weeks due to growth issues. I have a few questions about these chicks. are these by chance random mutant super growing chickens or are they gmo's? I never really understood.
    any advise on these bad lads?
     
  2. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    check out the stickies at the top
     
  3. fussaguss

    fussaguss Out Of The Brooder

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    already read the sticky. didnt cover if these are genetically enginered guys or not.
     
  4. booker81

    booker81 Redneck Tech Girl

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    They aren't GMO , they are just specially bred and crossed strains of chickens that over years of breeding and crossing have produced a chicken that grows fast with a lot of breast meat. It's years of selecting to breed only birds that grow fast and put a lot of meat on fast.

    The downside of growing so fast is they have a hard time with life past a certain point, and in order to live longer they usually need some special care. Some folks have kept them alive for a goodly while, but their main "purpose" in life is to eat, grow, and become dinner.

    6 weeks isn't the "limit", I'm planning on processing at 8 weeks, and some go 12 weeks for a big ol' bird (like 10lbs), but then you're running into congestive heart failure and the like.
     
  5. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
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  6. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Although there are some in the industry that commonly try to convince people there is no difference between Genetic Engineering and hybridization that has occurred for centuries.
     

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