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Cornish Cross Broilers single-handedly changed American eating habits by making broiler production efficient and producing nearly a 6 lb. This second group is too young to sex. That’s great that you are getting eggs from a new pullet…congrats! I found that mine would go outside and act kind of like a normal chicken, although she would sometimes run around in a circle flapping her wings, instead of running inside when there was a threat. The Cornish chicken was developed in or around 1820 in England by a Sir Walter Raleigh Gilbert. Best wishes! The male may get too large to do his ‘rooster job’ but if they are on regular chick starter, it may not be as much of an issue. The females will be red and the males will be white (with a little bit of red). While they’ll nibble at it occasionally, they don’t like to move around quite as much as other chickens. When he was 1 ½ years old, he had a heart attack on a very cold night. Add to Favorites Reading Time: 5 minutes. It may be more a matter of learning to appreciate the natural growth of a chicken. I fed them layer 16 throughout their lives. If the embryos actually develop, the chicks usually die before they hatch. The one we put in a few days ago is definitely showing signs of life and we hope to see a baby around the 26th of the month. I hope my experience helps someone. They will do this with a minimum of feed, and will weigh approximately 4 lbs. I think that I can create a sustainable flock this way. I’ve kept one of our Cobb hens and she lays every day, so I’ve collected 5 of her eggs, along with a few others and put them in the incy yesterday. They arrived late last week. Here are a few of them: Cornish Cross chickens are some of the easiest chickens when it comes to slaughtering and processing time. If you fully pasture raise animals make sure you supplement with some sort of fly or bug trap or compost pile for bugs, that will help with protein. I started to wonder if this pullet could be worth keeping as breeding stock for my own home hatched meat chickens. How did you get on with breeding your Cornish? You’ll spend a bit more money upfront. The hen I kept laid very well, but for a fairly short period of time. Have you raised these birds before? We also found that our roosters are all interested in her and actually fight over her. By eight weeks, your chickens are ready to go, although it might be best to wait until ten weeks for hens to be fully mature, too. I have had no luck in contacting the people that I got the eggs from to see if they would have more available. Hi Vicki, They are now 8 months old and yes, they always act like their starving, but they’ll need to get over it, lol. How can you tell if a 8 week old cross is male or female? The chickens are a hybrid breed known as a Cornish cross, which mature with larger than normal breasts and legs. my rooster is a cornish x as well, he didnt grow wide, he grew tall and a good breeder candidate really. I’m going to hatch a few in the spring. Cornish Cross Chickens are, sadly, known to be more likely to suffer from various ailments than other chicken breeds. I hope to raise turkeys again soon…but it seems we always take off on vacation around the time that they would be small and in need of constant care. Since the last time I posted, my 1yo pet Cornish X Iso has gone broody (rather ironic seeing as though my BOs are three and have never done so)! Hi Kathi, If you raise your meat birds on a normal chick starter feed, rather than high protein meat producer feed, they won’t grow as quickly. Cornish Cross chickens are a bit more lackadaisical and would much prefer grain to grass. And when they went away, he didn’t mate with any other hens that I had. However, they last a lot longer than heat bulbs and provide a more natural, even supply of heat. In order to try and raise my own meat birds I am trying the dual purpose White Dorking and Silver Grey Dorking (an English breed) which aren’t as heavy layers as the laying hybrids but they were THE meat bird of the l800’s. That’s how I found Justine and her experience with free range Cornish cross chickens. Lisa Lynn – how was the meat of your 1.5 year old Cornish hen? Enjoy your free ranging hen and her eggs. I also wet the backyard down, leave extra water bowls around and their food has been tossed into the shadiest area of the yard where they forage. I have just hatched 3 Cornish cross chicks in an incubator, layer by 6 month old hens….the hens have died since. Although I don’t know how anyone would know this if they’ve never been allowed to live that long normally. Thank you for supporting The Self Sufficient HomeAcre! That is really exciting I hope she is a good mamma hen and you have a nice hatch of chicks. I was down to only one hen left and I got 6 new babies this spring and had a raccoon attack last night and lost 2 and one is injured. This spring I raised a batch of Cornish X chicks for our freezer. You will not pay any extra for these products. Avoid raising them during the hottest days of summer if you live in a warm region, as they aren’t the best in the heat. Hi Bethany, She free ranges with the neighbor chickens, and got herself a pretty handsome Roo. Let me know what happens…I’m always interested in hearing other peoples’ experiences! They have strong looking, thick, yellow legs and feet. They are the true loafers of the chicken world! Stop by and share the results if you have time! Best wishes! I appreciated your article. But we don’t expect the birds to spend their days hunting for grubs and bugs like our other chickens do. Noodle sounds like the perfect name! One of her eggs hatched a few weeks ago. Hello! Thanks. Hi Raymond, The offspring did grow larger, faster than a heritage chicken, but not as large or fast as the hybrid Cornish x. You can sometimes raise fully on pasture, but it’s not uncommon to have nutrient deficiencies. This year, in lieu of raising solely New Hampshire chickens for meat, we decided to raise Cornish Cross chickens! I’m very interested to hear what happens! So I’ve been toying with the idea of hatching out more mixed breed, dual-purpose chickens. Bag food also contaminates the eggs.. go organic! They are small pullet size and beige in color. Let us know how that turns out. COMPLETELY ignored the 11wk old Barred Rock girls. I’m sure that you gave her a great life for a chicken! The internal organs tend to dislodge from the chest cavity  more easily, and they also produce fewer features than other birds, reducing your plucking chores, too. She was being unduly picked on, so she has her on coop. But even if it was as simple as two breeds used to produce the offspring, breeding these offspring will still not give you the same genetics as the parents. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. I’m assuming this is due to their fat. They grow as quickly as the Cornish X and are quite tasty. So, if you decide to add this breed to your flock, don’t plan on more than 160 eggs or so a year. This is all good info to know, Linda. Glad to have you here, Mickie! I prefer the taste of Dorking over Cornish X, the crossbreds taste better to me than the Cornish X, though I am a dark meat person. I bought some chicks from rural king, I was told they were Cochin chicks. Thanks for sharing your experience with the Cornish x chickens. They might be piling together to stay warm and not wanting to venture out to eat as a result. Knowing excess weight, food, and heat wouldn’t be good for them I made a lot of adjustments and have 6 remaining thriving Cornish cross-1 rooster and 5 hens. She is paying you back for keeping her. I am raising some more meat chickens now and I have one pullet that is smaller and more active thant the others…so I’m planning to keep her and give this experiment a try again. I can understand your quandry. As thes chickens are bread to size will this trait follow on the new chicks. Keep us updated . I am nervous about how quickly she’s gaining weight already. These birds can be butchered as early as 6 weeks. Goal is to experiment with getting a meaty bird. Ours are usually in the freezer at about 6 weeks. One note of interest…around 18 months most hens will go into their first molt. Hi Oscar, Hatching year round. Hahaha my old cornish X hen that i kept as a pet died and did not lay, but just this January i bought 2 cornish x chicks again and just yesterday one layed egg and I found another one today, they are very heavy at 6kg each but their eggs are brown and quite small for their size. They are a hybrind that is designed to grow to butcher weight by 6 to 8 weeks of age. , I have a cornishx hen. Instead, try to get your Cornish Crosses housed in a way that they will have access to fresh ground every day. Before Cornish Cross Broilers were developed, a chicken dinner was a rare treat reserved for special occasions. Hi Donna, For others experimenting with these lovely big chickens, reducing their weight may change the outcome of their egg yokes and thereby the success of their chicks. I’ve enjoyed reading the convo here. This will encourage your birds to wander around. Rooster used in my cross was buff Orpington . Best wishes and please let me know how your cross turns out! The first few eggs are usually quite small, so she will likely start to lay eggs a bit larger as she gets older. Hello, i’m thinking of starting a flock of layers from old (18 months) Bovan Brown hens from a neighbour with a young local mutt rooster. We are anxiously awaiting 3 more from our hen that seem to be growing great. Would really appreciate your feedback – or a link to a follow up article if you did one. I have one Cornish pullet that I’m keeping this spring and I will be updating everyone on how she is doing. You have successfully joined our subscriber list. Lol. I helped them get back into the run. Perhaps I’ll try some heritage turkeys next and they will be able to raise their own young for me. Thank you, Linda. Plan on finishing off 2 the last 2 wks with mash & milk & let the other 3 continue on free range, grower/feeder & scratch. I have successfully kept my large fowl Cornish Rock X hens alive and well and they all lay an egg a day some are double yolks, but some are normal size. This is great info! The chicks are warm to the touch. To insure you the best meat bird available, all our White Cornish hatching eggs come from large commercial farms in Arkansas. I wouldn’t want to tell you what to do with them, especially as they sound more like pets than livestock. We almost put her in the freezer with the males but she was little. We started our own little flock as a project for our daughter. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. I bought 24 chicks this year and raised another 17 bantams for a new flock. We invested in two of this style of feeding trough (but galvanized) because we knew we would need an extra trough to accommodate the extra chicks. Thanks for sharing I’m glad that you were successful! We are so excited. They have all of the proper anatomy for the job. I still think it would be a good way to supply meat for the table, but after more than one generation, the fast growth and large size will probably decline. You are likely to get white chickens of varying sizes. She wasn’t a runt or anything. Let me know how the chicks do! Cornish Cross chickens can suffer from some of the following health issues: Leg issues that cause them to become lame before slaughtering time, Heart problems, including stroke and heart attack. If you got them as day old chicks, they may have sent all males. Several have 2 yokes and I’ve had at least two with 3 yokes! Sorry to hear about your old hen. I do believe that they can be kept healthy and happy with the proper attention and feed schedule. When mating it with white rock hens, make a feeder with holes only wide enough for the hens to get there heads in. All this time I’d been thinking, “these are some huge birds and they really eat a LOT!” I’d been free feeding with a DIY feeder I saw on YouTube and was quite proud of myself but couldn’t understand why I kept having to refill the 5 gallon bucket so frequently. This is not completely untrue but it is unadvised. They are big and red and look like Rhode Island Reds. Thanks for sharing your experience, Heather! Your roosters should be over four pounds by this point, too. Cornish Cross are not Genetical modified (GMO), but just … Thanks for sharing the information! Ya my hens are 2 time bigger then my male. My wife doesn’t want to eat them. Cornish Cross chicks can be given unlimited feed during the first five to seven days, but after that, it’s time to start restricting feed. Hi Merrill, One thing that can cause a hen to lay poorly, or not at all, is too much fat in their abdomen. I realize this thread is probably old, but I felt I had to tell my story after running across this. Hmmmm….you’ve got me thinking. You wouldn’t be doing your Cornish Cross chickens any favors by keeping them longer than the recommended 8-10 weeks. Best wishes! I wonder if they will live long enough to lay eggs? You can find out more about which cookies we are using or switch them off in settings. Cornish chickens are not prolific egg layers. Sign up for Honest-to-Goodness Homesteading Information and get my new eBook 'Secrets to a Weed & Pest Free Homestead' for FREE! I have two Cornish Rocks. Hi Carlo, She would never have had the same quality of life as the rest of my flock. I ended up butchering her at about 18 months of age, so I can’t comment on how large the eggs might have gotten in her second year of production. Let us know how your hen is doing! Be sure they get extra protein in their feed to help them grow strong enough to support their weight. We are very excited to see if her clutch hatches and what kind of a mother she may be! Her feet and legs were having trouble holding up to her weight. In 1992 I bought some Cornish Cross chicks, three were hens that I butchered, one had eggs inside. You may end up with quite a few dead chicks if you aren’t careful about moderating their feed. Looking forward to hearing more, as I’d like to try this breed someday. You will not pay any extra for these products and I’ll earn a small commission to help support this blog. The Cornish X pullet is laying an egg almost every day at the age of 6 months. Best wishes! I’ll tell you how the chicks turnout. We have a Cornish X hen named Iso that we accidentally adopted and have kept as a layer. I have a couple of Cornish X hens I kept, they are almost a year now. However, just three days into raising these birds, we knew that two troughs of this nature were probably  not going to be enough. I wonder if the large yolk is a genetic trait for that hen? By just six weeks of age – the time at which most chickens are in their awkward, teenaged dinosaur-like years – your Cornish Cross chickens will look like adult birds. The legs were a little bit tough. I just bought ten Cornish cross chicks today. I kept a tom and hen and contrary to what everyone told me, they mated, she laid eggs, sat on them and hatched them out nearly two months before the feed store had chicks. I have raised 8 of these birds to egg laying age and have had my first egg today. So needless to say, by the time I found out about their health issues, and other traits, I’d lost a gigantic rooster I called Hoss, most likely to the extreme heat we’d been having here in Eastern NC and his weight. I know there are people who do experiment and share their results on some of the forums. There has admittedly been a bit of a learning curve involved in raising these buggers! Hi Debbie, Here are two different breeds to consider when selecti… Hi Zuri, I am looking forward to hearing how everything goes. Those are some big hens! In 1994 I bought four broad breasted white turkey pullets. Be careful about butchering these birds after ten weeks, because this is when the propensity to develop some health problems can increase. But would she lay eggs? I have two hens still surviving. A couple of years ago, after butchering our last batch of Cornish Crosses, we decided “no more.” Never again did we want weird freaky mutant chickens on our farm. I’m sure that was a very tough decision, Jen. I hope you have good luck with your chickens. I have a 6 day old Cornish Hen who is outgrowing our sex-link pullets and silkies fairly noticeably. I’ll update when they hatch. It is possible that these changes will produce a chicken that is better able to survive and lay eggs like your normal laying breeds. Good question, and I hope my answer makes sense! I had 4 but others died probably heart. You should stop feeding any bag or industrialized food to your chickens. He gave us our half of the dozen they bought after he had raised them for about 4 months. My NH red Roos are a few weeks younger than the X hens and have not even started to crow. Thanks again for the informative consistency. The Cornish X chickens are not bred to live beyond a couple of months of age and they are basically eating machines. I think that your pullets are likely to die at a fairly young age, but I can’t say what kind of quality of life they will have. Hey Katrina. (S)he is by far my favorite – so easy going and sweet. The breed is the result of cross-breeding between two different breeds of chickens – the White Rock chicken and the commercial Cornish chicken. Usually they don’t recommend keeping them for that long because they can develop leg problems. Does it matter if the rooster or hens are the cornish rock or the black austrolorp? I don’t mind because I planted a garden just for them before I got them and its shady. Am now 1/2 way through raisingy first batch of Cornish/Rock chicks from TSC. Hi Lisa, It seems that they grow faster than the heritage birds, but not as fast or as big as the Cornish X chicks. I believe I’ll be satisfied with my purchase! Some chicken breeds are more inclined to lay eggs consistently, while other breeds aren’t. It was not an easy decision or day for me, to say the least. Delaware chickens are bulky dual purpose chicken breeds, raised specifically for producing a respectable amount of meat while also laying up to 280 eggs each year. Thanks so much for the update. not the males. Thanks for the input! As they grew, I noticed that one little pullet was pretty small. The Birds we carry are the Original Cornish. Our brahma rooster has mated with her many times. I’ll make a more concerted effort to incubate and hatch her eggs this time. Cornish Cross chickens have rapidly evolved since their introduction to the meat bird industry in the 1920s. Obviously, this will effect how often these chickens lay eggs. Most people use heat lamps but we use these chick warming plates. I saw videos of how they are raised in chicken houses and I was sad for them. I’ve thought about trying this again. Thanks. I got Cornish Cross by accident this year, I bought leghorn chicks and within week I realized something was amiss and of the six, one is a hen much smaller than the roosters, I might keep her for breeding. Hi Lisa Lynn I Bought 10 Different Breeds Of Chickens Planning To Buy Whatever Else I Can Get A Hold Off And The First 1 We Got Was The Cornish Cross. I have chance to get 4 white rock hens, I have a BCMorans Roo. If I breed cornish X hen to a Cornish X rooster will I get Cornish X chicks? So far so good I candles at 10 days and they were developing, so I will have my own meat chickens about a week from now. Is there any chance you could give us update pictures? Of course, this can cause crop impaction and even death. Hope all goes well! Thanks Berri This hen has been gone for a while, but I am raising more and hope to keep a couple more pullets this year. Add to that keeping them as cool as possible given your climate. 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