Originally Posted by aart
Hmm...do you know that those Cornish X hybrids were not designed to be layers or live long lives and have a high likelihood of developing serious heart and leg issues?
Maybe it's different in your country <shrugs> but not the best chicken to have for a pet.
Thank you for your concern, I hadn't intended becoming a chicken owner but these two were rescued from a cull pile. They are now 4 months old (as long as I have owned chickens) and doing surprisingly well considering my ignorance. Thank heaven for this site! They are currently on a diet because they weigh around 5kg each. I've got them on 120g complete layer feed and they are free range, so get lots of exercise.
They don't roost, love dust bathes, follow me like puppies and have the sweetest nature. I realise they may not get much older than 2 years, but at least they will have had a good life. If they develop any health issues that can't be managed I will have them put to sleep. They sleep in the garage and gallop (they don't run) to the front door when it's opened in the morning. They walk through the house and out the back door. The same process gets repeated in reverse at bed time and boy do they complain if the exit doors aren't opened quick enough for them to go through!
Edited by Allears - 11/6/15 at 4:08am