Chickens for meat

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Chickens for meat
« on: June 29, 2010, 16:03 »
I have just been given 10 ross cobb chickens to raise up for meat, i am really surprised how lazy they seem to be,i thought they would enjoy a paddock to scratch in but all they want to do is sit still and eat is this nomal they are about 7 weeks old and have been kept indoors till yesterday. any ideas   

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Re: Chickens for meat
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2010, 16:09 »
Ross Cobbs are traditionally broiler chickens Vicky, like the 787's we got last time from Simon which have a lot of broiler bred into them.  they are very lazy.  they stand up - eat - sit down.  Stand up - drink - sit down.  Stand up - poop - sit in it!

Very normal!!  :D

They may get used to the outdoor life, some of ours did, but that's why we prefer the 757's!

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Re: Chickens for meat
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2010, 16:16 »
Hi, what are 757 and where do i get them from, i would prefer a chicken that wants to be a chicken and has a quality of life.that sounds really daft i suppose.

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« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2010, 13:47 »
They are a Hubbard breed Vicky, we get them from Simon Skinner of Poulet Anglais.  e sells day olds and hatching eggs.  But I know he is really busy at the moment.  Eggs are 35p each I think still and he couriers them out, so not cheap, P&P is about £6 odd for half dozen, but gets a little cheaper if you buy more.

Give him a call, he is a lovely man. 07787 533325

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Re: Chickens for meat
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2010, 21:26 »
Thanks grannie annie i have just had a message from him and think i will be hatching some of his eggs for the next batch.

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Re: Chickens for meat
« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2010, 22:37 »
Maybe you should invest in some chicken sofas and a chicken tv?   :lol:

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Re: Chickens for meat
« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2010, 23:00 »
Once they are hatched Vicky, let them grow to about 14 weeks.  They seem to put a spurt on towards the end.  Our largest one out of this batch was 5kgs dead weight, but culling them at 10-12 weeks which is the norm, they ranged from 2-4kgs

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Re: Chickens for meat
« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2010, 08:31 »
I know an experienced chook keeper who tried Ross Cobbs and in an effort to get them to free range rather than sit and eat they witheld food. Two died and a post mortem was done. Their hearts were enlarged - the vet felt this was due to the stress of not having the food put in front of them. They are a commercial breed bred to eat, put on weight and be culled. :(

A lesson in instinct - we can't change it ::)
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