Okay. Are NHRs a egg or meat chicken?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by chicken_angler, Sep 2, 2008.

  1. chicken_angler

    chicken_angler Coop Constructist

    Jun 23, 2008
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    I just got Storeys guide to raising chickens and it says they are a meat chickens. I bought 6 NHRs in April thinking they were egg layers. Now I am doubting it. They are a little bit big boned and arent showing signs of laying yet. They are like 20 weeks old tomorrow. Any thoughts on this? Thanks everyone!
     
  2. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
  3. Ladysonja

    Ladysonja Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I purchased mine to lay eggs, but I have heard they can be both.
     
  4. chicken_angler

    chicken_angler Coop Constructist

    Jun 23, 2008
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    Will they still lay like 1 egg a day? I didnt want meat chickens but now that is turning out to be what they are.
     
  5. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    Hens lay eggs... they don't know they are meat birds. [​IMG]
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I believe that there are different strains of NHs that are bred for one or the other. My two NH pullets are certainly not meat bird types-they are, in fact, very lean birds.
     
  7. turtle1173

    turtle1173 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My NHR was the first to lay of our flock (16 weeks) and has laid an egg every day since. You can't beat that!

    Shane
     
  8. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    I have 20 NHR's and bought them for meat birds, but they do lay a nice big egg every day, and they are big birds nice for the grill. so yes they can be great for both.
     

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