Wednesday 7 July 2010
Indian Game cross chicks 7- 8 weeks photos
The second hatch of 'table birds' are 7 - 8 weeks old. They have been separated from the hen for a few days and are coping fine. They are still in an enclosed run, which is moved daily, for their own protection. I am feeding them a corn mix. Cod liver oil is added approximately three times a week to give them extra vitamins etc. Cider vinegar is added to their drinking water daily. Grit is always available. They also enjoy the occasional lettuce and greens from the vegetable patch.
A Dark Laced Indian Game cockerel was put to an Ixworth, an Australorp, a Welsh Black and a Dark and Light Laced Indian Game hen.
At this stage the Ixworth cross is looking the most promising, confident, strong chicks, quick to feather and solid. The Australorp crosses follow a close second, they have just been a little slower to feather up.
Time will tell. There is still a long way to go. How quick they are to mature, final dressed weights and meat to bone ratio will all be taken into account when deciding which cross I feel is best suited to our needs.
The pure Indian game, if pullets we will keep.
Photo: Foreground: Australorp cross. Centre back: Welsh Black cross - so far the smallest.
Photo: Comparing the Australorp and Ixworth Cross
Photo: Ixworth Crosses
Photo: Foreground: Pure Indian game. Far back: Welsh Black cross. Left: Australorp cross