Why are fair pullets so much bigger than mine?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Sylvie, Dec 27, 2008.

  1. Sylvie

    Sylvie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We went to several county fairs this year to look at the 4-H chickens.
    As our chicks were growing leaps and bounds since the day we received them as day old hatchery chicks, we wondered how big they would eventually be.
    The fair pullets and hens were huge and we thought ours would be that size. They are laying now and none of them are the sizes we saw even though they are the same breeds.
    Do 4-H'ers know where to get the larger chicken stock or will ours continue to grow? Or do hatcheries generally sell small birds?
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Hatchery birds are bred for production, many 4h and show birds are bred to show standards. Thus they have different lines.
     
  3. Sylvie

    Sylvie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Ahhhh-makes sense! Thanks!
     

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