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Hevxxx99

  • Joined Sep 2012
Re: Breeding for Meat or Eggs
« Reply #15 on: June 13, 2016, 02:47:52 pm »


How's the hatching going ?

Nothing yet.  Apparently Jersey Giants can be a couple of days longer so maybe I'm a bit keen.  All but 2 were alive and kicking when I candled a couple of days ago, so hoping for 10.

Dave C

  • Joined Aug 2014
  • Teesdale, Co Durham
Re: Breeding for Meat or Eggs
« Reply #16 on: June 13, 2016, 06:30:41 pm »


How's the hatching going ?

Nothing yet.  Apparently Jersey Giants can be a couple of days longer so maybe I'm a bit keen.  All but 2 were alive and kicking when I candled a couple of days ago, so hoping for 10.

Nothing a matter with being keen  :thumbsup:

Good luck  :fc:

Jullienne

  • Joined Apr 2016
Re: Breeding for Meat or Eggs
« Reply #17 on: June 13, 2016, 08:03:03 pm »
Nice birds @Dave C  Is the meat really good and tasty then?
boast not yourself of tomorrow; for you know not what a day may bring forth. Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips. proverbs 27 verses 1-2.

Hevxxx99

  • Joined Sep 2012
Re: Breeding for Meat or Eggs
« Reply #18 on: June 13, 2016, 08:14:36 pm »
3 little yellow fluffies have appeared under my broody...  :thumbsup:

Possibly more by now, but I won't disturb her again today.

Princessrubyk

  • Joined Oct 2014
Re: Breeding for Meat or Eggs
« Reply #19 on: June 13, 2016, 08:38:38 pm »
The eggs where from Fred hams lines

I aim to save some some females but I am going to look what to cross back

Whether I keep some light Sussex and bring in a Indian game
Or whether to keep IG x And put that back to IG or LS
To try and achieve a faster growing bird

If that makes sense

I will get pictures soon as and will weigh them

Dave C

  • Joined Aug 2014
  • Teesdale, Co Durham
Re: Breeding for Meat or Eggs
« Reply #20 on: June 13, 2016, 09:07:45 pm »
Nice birds @Dave C  Is the meat really good and tasty then?

Of course  :yum: that's why I do them.
That and I like the idea of improving and creating better strains.

They say it's tastes like what chicken used to taste like, but I know the meat is firmer and very tasty, the leg meat is darker and you can carve the Brest instead of it being mushy & tasteless.

Dave C

  • Joined Aug 2014
  • Teesdale, Co Durham
Re: Breeding for Meat or Eggs
« Reply #21 on: June 13, 2016, 09:13:34 pm »
The eggs where from Fred hams lines

I aim to save some some females but I am going to look what to cross back

Whether I keep some light Sussex and bring in a Indian game
Or whether to keep IG x And put that back to IG or LS
To try and achieve a faster growing bird

If that makes sense

I will get pictures soon as and will weigh them

I've heard a lot of good things about Fred Hams lines being excellent Utility strain  :thumbsup:

You could try different combinations of the 2 breeds keeping back the fastest maturing birds for breeding which should keeping improving stock with every generation.

The best thing is you can always eat your mistakes, ha.

Dave C

  • Joined Aug 2014
  • Teesdale, Co Durham
Re: Breeding for Meat or Eggs
« Reply #22 on: June 14, 2016, 03:06:36 pm »
3 little yellow fluffies have appeared under my broody...  :thumbsup:

Possibly more by now, but I won't disturb her again today.

So how did you get on then ?

Hevxxx99

  • Joined Sep 2012
Re: Breeding for Meat or Eggs
« Reply #23 on: June 14, 2016, 04:02:18 pm »
Still hatching. Up to five and a half at the moment: 4 under the broody and one and a half (ongoing..) in incubator. I think maybe the temperature was a spot low in the incubator so they're a little slower. There's one egg under the broody that looks unlikely.

The chicks are very vigerous and big! They are eating well and very corny fluffy-yellow.

I forgot to say, a couple are Cuckoo Marans x JG as a comparison. One of the chicks is this cross.

Dave C

  • Joined Aug 2014
  • Teesdale, Co Durham
Re: Breeding for Meat or Eggs
« Reply #24 on: June 14, 2016, 09:52:38 pm »
Well I hope things go well tonight  :fc:

One of the nicest cock birds I've seen was a Blue Copper Marans X Jersey Giant so good luck with it.  :thumbsup:

Hevxxx99

  • Joined Sep 2012
Re: Breeding for Meat or Eggs
« Reply #25 on: June 15, 2016, 04:57:43 pm »
I've got 7 out of the 10. No idea why the other 3 have given up or are so very late! Broody has started moving about so last 3 have a last ditch chance in the incubator but no signs of life atm.  Maybe my candelling isn't so hot, or maybe the chicks are too big for the eggs so can't turn or something. Probably crossing with JG hens would be better....

The ones that have hatched are doing very well. Two Marans x now and noticeably smaller at this stage, but given the protracted hatch, the youngest is at least 24 hours younger than the oldest. I'll get a photo tomorrow.

Dave C

  • Joined Aug 2014
  • Teesdale, Co Durham
Re: Breeding for Meat or Eggs
« Reply #26 on: June 16, 2016, 07:12:16 pm »
Some of my Buff Plymouth Rocks
4 weeks and averaging 315g (a bit puny compared to my meatballs)
Not sure what they going to bring to my meat project, but I like buff birds and it will be good to compare their cross with my broiler hybrids with my IG cross with the hybrids. 
I'm hoping they have a strong statue, but we will see.

« Last Edit: June 16, 2016, 07:15:01 pm by Dave C »

Princessrubyk

  • Joined Oct 2014
Re: Breeding for Meat or Eggs
« Reply #27 on: June 17, 2016, 10:11:58 am »
i cant seem to put pictures up, it says that the files are too big

this coming off an iphone


Dave C

  • Joined Aug 2014
  • Teesdale, Co Durham
Re: Breeding for Meat or Eggs
« Reply #28 on: June 17, 2016, 06:44:13 pm »
Yeah I sometimes have the same problem,
It seems to be very hity missy !!!

Dave C

  • Joined Aug 2014
  • Teesdale, Co Durham
Re: Breeding for Meat or Eggs
« Reply #29 on: June 18, 2016, 10:55:54 am »
Just looked at my iPhone, I normally take the pic further away than I want then go to edit pic and trim the edges / zoom in and re save pic.
The attachment normally works then, must reduce pixels or something  :thinking:

 

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