Some information about the origin of the chicken has survived to our times. It is known that the layer was obtained in Belgium. Local breeders developed many species, but this one has become one of the main achievements. The fact is that the selection was originally planned as unpretentious, with excellent taste of meat and performance indicators.
Today these klush are grown exclusively for the sake of tasty and juicy meat, which has a special composition and flavor.
Scientists began to work on raising chicken in the 19th century, and in a few years they got the desired result. To obtain the perfect meat quail breeders attracted a lot of breeds with valuable genetic potential.
It is known that representatives of Brahma, Shanghai, Flanders, and several other locals participated in the creation of the species. Thanks to the hard work of scientists, the chicken turned out to be not only productive, but also had a beautiful appearance that distinguishes it from others.
According to the standard, the Mechelen cuckoo is related to meat. Among all the Belgian chickens, it is the most productive in its category. Bred it more often in small farms, but there are also poultry farms, where they grow meat klich on an industrial scale.
The first thing that catches your eye is the massive body of birds, with large, well-formed bones. The shape of the body of the bird reminds a little of the representatives of the giant breeds - Jersey and Hungarian. They have a powerful tummy with a breast, a wide back and well developed paws.
Looks like chunks and roosters are very plump, but rarely obese - carcasses are obtained with a small percentage of fat.
In winged Belgians, the plumage has an unusual color - a cuckoo pattern on each individual feather. Together they form a pockmarked, gray-white “coat”. The plumage is dense, dense and with a large number of fluff, thanks to which birds can not freeze in the cold. Some individuals have a little feathered paw, but their fingers are not covered with feathers.
The head is medium in size, harmoniously looks on the voluminous, short neck. The face is slightly covered with bristles, the skin is deep red. The crest and earrings of roosters are much larger than those of the wedge, and this can already be seen at the age of 1 month.
Scallop leafy, the same color as the skin of the face - rich red. The beak is gray-yellow, in some individuals it is beige. The eyes are medium in size, with a predatory gaze from the leaders. The iris is colored in a pleasant, orange, or light brown color.
Now we will consider indicators of weight which are registered in the standard. So, a mature "petka" weighs about 5-5.5 kg, and an adult mother hen is about 4.5 kg. But, you should pay attention to the fact that the indicators prescribed by the standard are averaged.
In reality, the weight may be a little more or less, depending on the conditions of detention and nutrition. Some farmers claim that they managed to feed the males to 7 kilograms of live weight.
Character cuck de malin
Consider also the nature of winged beauties with magnificent forms. It is known that Malin breed of chickens is not distinguished by aggressiveness. In rare cases, roosters may have a fighting character, and the hens are not conflicts, calm, friendly and restrained.
Well-fed klushi are not very active, but need to be walking, because it affects their health and taste of meat.
Puberty and egg production
Belgian hens do not differ in speed maturation, despite the fact that they very quickly gain weight. But, they are bred mainly for the sake of carcasses, and this feature is not a problem. Begin laying at the age of 7-8 months.
The largest layers at the beginning of the clutch have problems, and rarely can produce large testicles. Those that are smaller, rush regularly. The approximate weight of eggs is about 55-60 grams, and the annual rate reaches 120-160 pieces.
Malin breed of chickens whose description suggests that their breeding is quite problematic. It will be difficult for a novice to independently cultivate this species. There are many nuances that create huge problems in the process of obtaining offspring.
First, if mating is not properly formed, you can get most of the unfertilized testes.
Secondly, the nasizhivaniya instinct dulled at the Belgian beauties. Some "moms" willingly sit on the eggs, but their mood quickly changes and after 2-3 days you will not find a hen on the nest. Breed chicks can only be in an incubator, and then, if properly prepared for this process.
The young are born very small - about 43-45 grams of weight on the first day. Chick corpuscles are “dressed” in warm black and white fluff, but there are also grayish babies. As a rule, cockerels already look brighter on the first day than the "girls", and more - there is a white speck on the hens on the tops.
It is better to slaughter a bird up to one year It is then that she shows all her best qualities. After a year, the skin becomes noticeably rough, the meat needs to be cooked for a long time. Carcass weight in 4 months - up to 2.2 kg, in 6 months - up to 3.5 kg.
And finally, the stumbling block is the weight of the breed, which some breeders embellish. Though the bird looks massive, 6-7 kg carcasses are still a myth.