The Heritage Rhode Island Red Site

Discussion in 'Exhibition, Genetics, & Breeding to the SOP' started by Robert Blosl, Oct 7, 2010.

  1. BantyChickenLuv

    BantyChickenLuv Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Those are not RIR's. Those are production Reds, which are the hatchery version of RIR. If you look at some of the pictures in this thread it is easy to see the difference between Heritage RIR's and Production RIR's. Don't know about butchering, sorry.
     
  2. FOGELLY

    FOGELLY Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That was several weeks ago.
    We have many, many feet of PVC pipe. I installed every bit of it myself, including the main water line from the meter to the house.
    It was not an issue with the water itself. I purchased all the pipe from a local building supply. Same supplier as all of the line on our property. I will never know what it may have been.

    I will use it as a learning experience, just be a little behind the original plan.

    Thanks for everyone's well wishes, it is truly appreciated.

    Ron
     
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  3. FOGELLY

    FOGELLY Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your should butcher them when their size suits your standard for a meat bird. They will reach a point when they are eating more than their value for meat. Ron
     
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    We usually go ahead take the cockerels at around 18-20 weeks. That's about the "sweet spot" that Ron was talking about. After that, they may put on a bit more muscle, but the feed they consume to do so isn't always worth it. It's a judgement you'll have to make at the time.
     
  5. catdaddyfro

    catdaddyfro Overrun With Chickens

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    Do you think it could have been some toxicity in the glue used "maybe"? I think I would at the least throw away that can and try a different one or brand. I think some of the "better for though stuffs" made nowadays "ain't really that great" for you much less the lesser(wee) ones that are often dealt with on a farm. J/S this my opinion only, LOL

    Jeff
     
  6. Thanks for all the info! Wasn't sure on the breed, so thanks!
     
  7. FOGELLY

    FOGELLY Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was thinking glue most likely also. The glue I used was one of those one step glue and primer types that is supposed to work in wet or dry conditions.
    Never Again!
     
  8. SallyinIndiana

    SallyinIndiana Overrun With Chickens

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  9. chicksnthestiks

    chicksnthestiks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am so sorry for your loss and want to thank you for sharing this. I am always running new lines and getting ready to do one to the chicken coups. Maybe it was the glue that can seep through the joints before they dry.
     
  10. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I am wondering that too. When I have excess boys from hatches, I usually sell them. That way I can at least recoup some of the expense of feeding them. Many people buy them because they are Heritage RIR and they want new blood in their flock. I don't think most that buy the cockerels are really buying them because they are HRIR but because it is a different blood line, they like the dark mahogany color of the birds. They really don't care about preserving the line. I have thought about butchering some but I get very attached to them, so I don't think I could process them myself.
     

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