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post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by chickiezar View Post

I am not sure if they are all cornish.
I am just learning about chickens.
I have some that are beautiful.
Then I have the poor babies with missing fluff.
I will not let them live miserable lives. I will find someone willing to take them when it's time.
I don't know if they are Roos or Pullets.





How many can you fit in a box.
They pile themselves in there until no room is left.

I'm pretty sure the ones missing fluff are probably the Cornish Crosses. Mine are feathering out very unevenly unlike the layers when I raised them. I think some of that is the fact that they sit a lot and get bald spots on their bellies. Mine have bald spots on various parts besides their bellies but the Cornish are very easy to tell from other birds - they have extremely big breasts. I understand how you feel about yours and I'm glad to see you're taking great care of them while you have 'em. Just a quick note in case you didn't know, but when you get more chicks later be sure not to pick up any Red Rangers since they're probably the second most popular broilers out there. I'm only familiar with the Cornish Crosses and Red Rangers but there's probably others out there too. If your unsure about a variety you can take a look at some of the hatcheries web sites like Murray McMurray where they group chicks by type such as white or brown egg layers, rare birds, etc. If you see a variety you like but want more details that's a quick way to check a birds general characteristics without searching through books. Or of course you can also check here on this website in the Learning Center where there's a lot of info from people's personal experiences with various breeds. Good luck and keep up the good work. From the pictures it looks like you put a lot of effort into raising your chicks well.

post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by aspica View Post

After reading everyone's replies and suggestions, I decided to find a new home for my one Cornish Rock. I found a small local farm where they raise and butcher chickens, and she'll be going there this weekend. I also learned a valuable lesson...when it's chick time again, I won't let anyone talk me into broiler breeds again!

I hear ya. I almost feel that way myself. They're very labor intensive to raise. I'm working on plans for a much bigger and easier to clean pen for the next batch I get. I won't get anymore until the pen is up and running. I feel like it's best to have a custom setup specifically for Cornish Crosses since their requirements are different than layers. I'm guessing Red Rangers are a little easier to raise since they grow slower but I still think you need a different strategy to raise them. On this pen I'm designing I want to have a way to keep the birds secure long enough to put the feed in their enclosure. The pen I have now has two doors that open from the front, and whenever I open the doors to put the feeder inside I get trampled and some of them fall out on the ground. It's like a bunch of shoppers on Black Friday. So I'd like something like a drawer that I can pull out to put the feed in and push back in without opening any doors. It would also have to be a long drawer since they'll trample each other to get to the trough even when there's room elsewhere.

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I hear ya. I almost feel that way myself. They're very labor intensive to raise. I'm working on plans for a much bigger and easier to clean pen for the next batch I get. I won't get anymore until the pen is up and running. I feel like it's best to have a custom setup specifically for Cornish Crosses since their requirements are different than layers. I'm guessing Red Rangers are a little easier to raise since they grow slower but I still think you need a different strategy to raise them. On this pen I'm designing I want to have a way to keep the birds secure long enough to put the feed in their enclosure. The pen I have now has two doors that open from the front, and whenever I open the doors to put the feeder inside I get trampled and some of them fall out on the ground. It's like a bunch of shoppers on Black Friday. So I'd like something like a drawer that I can pull out to put the feed in and push back in without opening any doors. It would also have to be a long drawer since they'll trample each other to get to the trough even when there's room elsewhere.

A separate pen seems to be the way to go.  I didn't do this poor girl any favors by treating her like the other layer breeds, and now the damage is done.  It sounds like your drawer feeder design is a good idea!   My Cornish Rock would behave the same way that you're describing, so I can only imagine a whole flock of them!  Good luck to you!

post #14 of 14
Considering, I was outside at 3am in the pouring rain making sure they had a dry surface. The kiddie pool worked well. I had to bring the bantams inside, I didn't want them to get smushed. It doesn't matter if they are born to kill they deserve love and kindness. I feel bad for the bantams, because I think they will grieve for them.
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