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What is considered a light breed?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by LoneCowboy, Nov 11, 2007.

  1. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    What is the weight of a light breed? I see heavy breeds and bantams, but what is considered a light breed? I can't find where anybody has defined that.
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Of standards, there are heavies and lights. Generally, birds like leghorns or minoricas of the mederterian breeds would be considered light while heavier things like Cochins and rocks are considered heavy.
     
  3. sunnychooks

    sunnychooks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I always assumed that the white egg layers of the standard breeds were lights, and the brown egg layers were heavies. Is that true???
     
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Well, there might be some truth to that, as the lighter breeds generally lay lighter colored eggs, but I don't think that's the definition. I think heavy vs light is over breeds and their standard weights.
     
  5. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    I noticed in the Murry McMurray catalog, that none of the heavy breeds are under 6.5 lbs. Do you think that anything under 6.5 would be considered light?
     
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I'd actually lower the bar to 5.5 for girls and keep the 6.5 for the boys. I think that with the productoin strains of most though, these weights are often hard to follow for what was historically "heavy and light" breeds.
     

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