Meat Bird breeding

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Meat Bird breeding
« on: January 13, 2010, 14:03 »
Hi folks,

Yet another year has passed and I'm no closer to finding my perfect meat bird ... I was wondering if anyone has tried Indian game rooster on Ross cobb or similar meat hen? If so what was the results like? Or will anyone have hatching eggs from the breeding above?

TIA

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Re: Meat Bird breeding
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2010, 15:12 »
Which ones have you tried? Are you looking for slow growing? or a combination of meat/laying birds

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Re: Meat Bird breeding
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2010, 20:18 »
Several months ago I purchased from Poulet Anglais the UKs only parent breeding stock of Hubbard Mastergris. I will be selling fertile eggs come spring.

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Re: Meat Bird breeding
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2010, 20:22 »
We don't talk about selling on the forum cluckingnuts, but Good luck with the Mastergris, it was from them that we had our 18lb cockerel last year!  Nice birds!!!  I'll be in touch soon!

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Re: Meat Bird breeding
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2010, 20:40 »
Sorry GrannieAnnie, I've given myself a slap on the wrist.

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Re: Meat Bird breeding
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2010, 11:20 »
Which ones have you tried? Are you looking for slow growing? or a combination of meat/laying birds

Locally its all Cobb's that are available and I've used them for years and tried different pure breeds like LS etc

I wanted a bird that put on lots of breast meat, was good on free range and not too slow to get to the table. I've read about the Indian cross but have been unable to get proper details of the results.

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Re: Meat Bird breeding
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2010, 11:26 »
Several months ago I purchased from Poulet Anglais the UKs only parent breeding stock of Hubbard Mastergris. I will be selling fertile eggs come spring.

Have you raised these before? got any pics or info on how they done for you?

TIA

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Re: Meat Bird breeding
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2010, 19:38 »
I have a ixworth cockerel, that i,m going to cross with some indian game hens.Although they take about 22 weeks to finish, its well worth it. :)

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Re: Meat Bird breeding
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2010, 20:17 »
Several months ago I purchased from Poulet Anglais the UKs only parent breeding stock of Hubbard Mastergris. I will be selling fertile eggs come spring.

Have you raised these before? got any pics or info on how they done for you?

TIA

Hi Spud,
Grannie Annie has some photos of Mastergris chicks on her gallery page.
I have, and are, rearing chicks at the moment. I don't intensively rear them, they are all free ranging. They reach the table faster than traditional breeds but not so fast as to suffer leg problems. The parent cocks are IG derived.

Mark
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Re: Meat Bird breeding
« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2010, 15:14 »
PM sent

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Re: Meat Bird breeding
« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2010, 11:42 »
no other takers? I was hoping to learn from others experiences of raising different meat birds. I've been told that Hobbard breeds are very soft skinned and tear easily in the plucking, any truth in that?

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Re: Meat Bird breeding
« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2010, 23:54 »
we've found with the hubbards that they can tear easily, but now my Brian tells me to put how ever many we are going to cull the next day into the brooder shed and withhold feed overnight, then take their water away in the morning.  that not only means the insides are cleaner, but seems to make the skin less tearable.  Don't know if its connected at all or just coincidence.

Here's a couple of last year's Mastergris at 16 weeks.  the week we culled them!!  We were a bit late that time!  These ones look similar to Light Sussex, but some of them have a lot more grey in them.  Lovely birds!!
MG Cockeral 16 wks 02.JPG
« Last Edit: January 20, 2010, 23:57 by GrannieAnnie »

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Re: Meat Bird breeding
« Reply #12 on: January 21, 2010, 10:49 »
Thank you GA ... certainly good looking fowl. Have you raised any other breeds you think are better at the job?

Oh and pics are always welcome, thanks.

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Re: Meat Bird breeding
« Reply #13 on: January 21, 2010, 11:25 »
Have you looked at faverolles spud? They are a traditional french tablebird, very slow growing though compared to the commercial strains available. :)

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Re: Meat Bird breeding
« Reply #14 on: January 21, 2010, 11:31 »
but they are pretty to look at whilst waiting for them to grow big enough  :D
Staffies are softer than you think.



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