Pros: Fast growth, easy to fence, good feed/growth ratio, lots of tender white meat, easy to pluck, sweet friendly birds
Cons: Need to be managed properly to avoid problems such as leg problems or early death
We have raised several batches of Cornish cross from different hatcheries and have had great success. I love that they are ready to process in 6-8 weeks and then they are done, as opposed to other meat breeds or dual purpose breeds that take much longer to finish. They have so much meat on them and it is tender, delicious, mostly white meat. They do much better raised on pasture with room to roam or in tractors moved frequently to give them plenty of greens to eat and to keep them clean. They have a tendency to over eat if allowed so we restrict feed to only 12 hours a day, and take the food away for the other 12 hours a day. They also require a lot of fresh water to drink but if managed properly are very easy to raise.