size of heritage breeds

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by ValerieJean, Sep 23, 2010.

  1. ValerieJean

    ValerieJean New Egg

    Sep 21, 2010
    I have Rhode Island Reds, Buffed Orpingtons and Plymouth Barred Rocks. According to the 'books' they are supposed to be a certain sizes. The Rhode's 6.5 pounds, the Rocks 7.5 pounds, the Orps 8 pounds.

    Now when I weighed them last fall they definitely fell short of those 'standards', some managed to come close but definitely short.

    So, is that because they've been breed for show vs meat, or that until recently people haven't been breeding them to keep up the breed or what? Did I manage to get a poor supplier?

    I do intend to perfect the breeding thing and get the flock up to larger sizes. Got my chicks this year from someone else so we'll see how large they are this time.

    Any ideas?
  2. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    Quote:First did you get them from a hatchery or a breeder?
    Second are you talking about Roosters or Hens?

    If you got your birds from a hatchery then they will for the most part will not meet Standard in size, type, color etc.
    If you got them from a good breeder, what are you feeding them?

    There is a good thread on Heritage here

    Last edited: Sep 23, 2010
  3. joletabey

    joletabey SDWD!!!!

    Apr 9, 2009
    western NC
    What Chris said. If you got them from a hatchery, they just turn out birds to sell. They do not breed to improve anything except perhaps egg production.
  4. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    Yeah, a hatchery changes a LOT. Even if you got yours from a feedstore or local person, they're still originating from a hatchery.

    The Brahma SOP calls for 9 lb hens. . . . Mine are 5 lbs. [​IMG]
  5. Gallusfarm

    Gallusfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2009
    I have to comment because until I went to my first show, I had no idea what real Barred Rocks look like. Everyone talks about the barring being different, but man what a size difference. Those show birds are huge! And rightly so, since that is the standard... Most hatchery birds are about 1/2 the size of the real deal, from what I've seen...

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