someone told me somthing sad.. i need ur imput

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by augiedranch, May 19, 2008.

  1. augiedranch

    augiedranch Songster

    Mar 14, 2008
    "sunny" is a ,, well, i dont know i think he is a gold sex link. i bought him when he was a day old at tractor supply.

    i was selling eggs, and the person that was buying some told me that he was going to die..

    he was born this march 4th.

    so that makes him 11 weeks old i think.

    the guy said that he was a meat breed, and since he is so much bigger than the rest i need to eat him now. im not going to kill any of my chickens and definatly not going to eat any of them. he is such a sweetie. and i dont understand why he said he would die.

    he is MUCH bigger than the other breeds he was raised with. and lays down alot.. but he seems fine to me.. just really fat. and he really doesnt even eat much more than the others do.. what can i do? is this true?[​IMG]

  2. debbyluvschickens

    debbyluvschickens Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    eastern arkansas
    AAAWE, thats sad. I dont know what he is, but if he is going to die early, at least he can be happy and loved while he is here. Thats rude of that man to tell you to kill him. The very idea!!
  3. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

    Apr 22, 2008
    I have no idea if that boy is a broiler or not, but this is what Ideal says about red broilers:

    Red Broilers are efficient producers of broiler meat for those who do not wish to have white plumage broilers. When broiler rations are fed, producers can expect to have six pound broilers in seven weeks or less. Since red broilers are more active than Cornish Rocks and grow slightly slower, they rarely experience leg weakness or Ascite, which is fluid in the body cavity. Red Broiler hens are not a good choice for efficient production of brown eggs.
  4. augiedranch

    augiedranch Songster

    Mar 14, 2008
    thanks for ur help... .i am so sad though.. it NEVER crossed my mind that i could be raising a broiler.. this is so sad.. i dont want him to die a sad death... im not going to eat him. .. can he just live a happy life even though hes sopose to be eatin?

  5. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Broilers aren't designed to have a long life. They're bred to grow fast and be ready to be butchered within a few weeks of hatching. From what the post said about red broilers it sounds like he might have a better chance of living longer than the cornish cross meat birds, but still wouldn't have the life span of other roos.
  6. augiedranch

    augiedranch Songster

    Mar 14, 2008
  7. mmajw

    mmajw Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
    The legs are just screamin' BROILER, but I dont blame you for not eating him. I can't eat my pets either only the ones that I raise as broilers that I dont get attached too.
  8. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    I heard that if you hang the food high and make meaties jump for it they live longer.

    That guy was SO rude! [​IMG]

    Good Luck! [​IMG]
  9. Southerngirl

    Southerngirl Songster

    Mar 25, 2008
    Central Arkansas
    We went our our local sale barn and bought a white jumbo cornish by accident a few years ago. She was as large as the other hens we were buying and my husband thought she was really pretty and wanted to buy her. Little did we know that she was only probably about 5 or 6 weeks old! The other hens were 6 months old. PEARL lived for 4 happy years, mated with our Buff Minorca ( who is 10 now) and had 1 fuzzy fat yellow baby in her life. She was slow, but active and ran around the barnyard and would attack any dog that got near her food. We had alot of fun just watching her. I say keep your rooster, we also raise broilers for meat but she was the exception. I have also taken one of the hens out of our current broilers that are 6 weeks old and put her in with my layers; Her name is PEARL too !! [​IMG]
  10. fullhouse

    fullhouse Songster

    Apr 14, 2008
    Looks like a big, happy chicken. Not a broiler if you don't eat him, right?

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