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breeding from Ross Cobbs

MARKS
by MARKS
I love this site!

We have been raising Ross Cobbs for the table which we buy from a guy who drives from town to town once a fortnight with a lorry load of young birds.

We grow them on for about 6 weeks, free ranging them when they can be bothered! (Such lazy birds, we have to evict them from their barn to get some fresh air)

We have let a cock and two hens grow on. He is now crowing and mounting the hens, no eggs as yet.

My question is this: Can we succesfully breed from these birds at home, thus ensuring total control of what we eat from egg to table?

Because of their size the whole lovemaking thing is a bit like sumo wrestling and I wonder of they will make contact or are they fertilized artificially in commercial farms?

In fact, they are capable of breeding or are they a sterile progeny, a bit like a mule?

And what are they like at sitting; would a broody bantam be the best bet.

I'd really welcome any help from anyone with experience.
Many thanks.

Mark
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MARKS
#1
by MARKS
I love this site!

We have been raising Ross Cobbs for the table which we buy from a guy who drives from town to town once a fortnight with a lorry load of young birds.

We grow them on for about 6 weeks, free ranging them when they can be bothered! (Such lazy birds, we have to evict them from their barn to get some fresh air)

We have let a cock and two hens grow on. He is now crowing and mounting the hens, no eggs as yet.

My question is this: Can we succesfully breed from these birds at home, thus ensuring total control of what we eat from egg to table?

Because of their size the whole lovemaking thing is a bit like sumo wrestling and I wonder of they will make contact or are they fertilized artificially in commercial farms?

In fact, they are capable of breeding or are they a sterile progeny, a bit like a mule?

And what are they like at sitting; would a broody bantam be the best bet.

I'd really welcome any help from anyone with experience.
Many thanks.

Mark
jimcrow
#2
by jimcrow
They will breed.
They are good brooders

The hatched chicks will be an assortment
debbie
#3
by debbie
but unfortunately you need to keep the parent stock lean
extreme freerange rare breeds berkshire pigs and pork; Smallholding and butchery/pig processing/sausage and bacon curing courses. http://www.hiddenvalleypigs.co.uk Authors of The Self Sufficiency bible - from window boxes to smallholdings by Simon Dawso
jimcrow
#4
by jimcrow
Same as any breeding stock,whatever the species,Fat breeding stock= un-fertility or birthing problems
debbie
#5
by debbie
not so easy with ross cobbs though - eating machines.
extreme freerange rare breeds berkshire pigs and pork; Smallholding and butchery/pig processing/sausage and bacon curing courses. http://www.hiddenvalleypigs.co.uk Authors of The Self Sufficiency bible - from window boxes to smallholdings by Simon Dawso
Poulet
#6
by Poulet
I'd be interested to know how you contact this nomadic wandering chicken seller.
Like the folks say you have to keep the breeders lean and control their feed intake, from a very early age, about 3 weeks.Fat hens don't lay many eggs and fat males are infertile.
jimcrow
#7
by jimcrow
We had Ross Cobbs back in the 60`s,i used to buy as hatched to put under broody hens,we would fatten the cockrels,the hens used to lay massive eggs,sometimes treble yolkers,that would sit in the top of a pint beer glass,they were decent layers,and had a good size carcase at the end of lay,there was always a sale in them days for boilers.
I dare say the Ross Cobbs of today,have been bred to fatten even earlier than the ones we had back them,but like anything else,you feed accordingly
MARKS
#8
by MARKS
Thanks everyone. Really helpful.

Poulet, we are in Mayo, Western Ireland and the chicken man drives around to the main towns of the county. Where are you based?

It sounds like these probably aren't in a fit state for breeding from; too big.

We have another lot 'coming up through the ranks' so I might seperate a hen and keep her on a diet. She won't like that. Eating is their hobby!

Once again; thank you for all the help.

Mark
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