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shygirl

  • Joined May 2013
Maran cockeral - meat chicks?
« on: June 17, 2015, 12:17:39 pm »
hi, iv been gifted an rather large and heavy maran cockerel and this is a new breed for us. im interested in producing some meat chicks for the freezer. all my hens are scots greys, would this make an ok (?) cross or is it better to get him a couple of fat ladies? what would be the best breed hens for maximum growth of offspring?
thanks
« Last Edit: June 17, 2015, 08:18:23 pm by shygirl »
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chrismahon

  • Joined Dec 2011
  • Gascony, France
Re: Maran cockeral - eat chicks?
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2015, 03:25:41 pm »
Our Marans are quite light. The size comes from the hens and the colour from the cock, so breeding with him won't necessarily get large birds. It would be wise to test his fertility before embarking on a breeding programme. I previously used to look at the blastoderm on the surface of the yolk, but have now discovered that method is unreliable, having had what appeared to be fertile eggs produce absolutely nothing (93 eggs) and had to replace the cock. The only reliable method is to incubate some and candle at day 8.

 

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