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I got 6 cornish rock chicks from TSC. I plan on keeping them as pets. I got 3 brown and 3 yellow. The yellow are growing alot faster than the brown. Also, how can you tell the gender at a young age? For any other breed of bird I have I tie anything metal on to a 6 inch string and see if it swings or circles. Will that work for chickens? Also, At what age are they usually full grown? And one last question.. How many eggs do they lay / month, and when do they start laying (what age?)?

post #2 of 58

Cornish X make terrible pets.  They are bred for meat. Period.  They will usually start dying after about 12 weeks or so.  Occasionally they may live a year.  They just keel over from heart problems or whatever.

The obscure we understand eventually. 
The obvious takes a little longer.
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The obscure we understand eventually. 
The obvious takes a little longer.
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post #3 of 58

The piece of metal tied to a string for sexing birds should work just as well for chickens as it does for any other breed of bird.

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My Cornish X's from TSC were all white (that real light yellow color) are you sure they are actually cornish instead of Golden Comets which TSC also sells? They are notorious for mislabeling their chicks.

If they are Comets the darker ones would be girls and the lighter ones would be boys.

Here is a picture of my week old Cornish X
http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j108/shay2427/IMG_1903.jpg

And here are my few day old comets, the girls are in the lower left corner and the boys are in the upper right (don't mind the brooder temp, that was the temporary brooder for about an hour while my husband was building a larger one)
http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j108/shay2427/IMG_1843.jpg

Hope this helps!!!


Edited by Shay1327 - 5/15/09 at 5:01am
Shay married to Jay(my truck driver), SAHM to Maddy (8) & Ashlyn Chevelle (2)
Sumatra's, RIR, Barred Rocks, Speckled Sussex, Bronze Turkeys, eggs (ducks & chicks) in the 'bator
2 dogs (Boxer & Pug), 2 cats, Pigs
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Shay married to Jay(my truck driver), SAHM to Maddy (8) & Ashlyn Chevelle (2)
Sumatra's, RIR, Barred Rocks, Speckled Sussex, Bronze Turkeys, eggs (ducks & chicks) in the 'bator
2 dogs (Boxer & Pug), 2 cats, Pigs
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post #5 of 58

Oh goodness I am one of the ones that was misled by TSC. Granted I knew I was getting a rooster (he was hurt) but I was hoping that he would live!!! After much searching and discussion on BYC I have come to the conclusion that mine is a meat bird. He is HUGE!!!! If you can look back at any of my posts ( I am not sure how to list it here as I am new to BYC) BUT my post was "not sure what to do about rooster chick" od "Little Dude" and alot of people responded!!!

My life is a wonderful zoo! 1 Jack Russel TONY, 1 Rat Terrier BRIDGET, 1 Porcelain D'uccle (Victor), 2 Easter eggers (Clara and Loraine), 2 evil barred rocks and 2 two month old Speckled Sussex hens (Kate and Pippa).
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My life is a wonderful zoo! 1 Jack Russel TONY, 1 Rat Terrier BRIDGET, 1 Porcelain D'uccle (Victor), 2 Easter eggers (Clara and Loraine), 2 evil barred rocks and 2 two month old Speckled Sussex hens (Kate and Pippa).
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post #6 of 58
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Originally Posted by Estes 

I got 6 cornish rock chicks from TSC. I plan on keeping them as pets. I got 3 brown and 3 yellow. The yellow are growing alot faster than the brown. Also, how can you tell the gender at a young age? For any other breed of bird I have I tie anything metal on to a 6 inch string and see if it swings or circles. Will that work for chickens? Also, At what age are they usually full grown? And one last question.. How many eggs do they lay / month, and when do they start laying (what age?)?


Here's a thread about my TSC Cornish Rocks, now 8-1/2 weeks old and still big, strong and healthy. smile
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=153867

Oh yeah, forgot something... welcome-byc


Edited by Robin'sBrood - 5/15/09 at 4:56am
Robin's brood = 1  wonderful husband, 4 handsome sons, 1 beautiful daughter, 14 chickens, 1 dog, 1 puppy, 2 rabbits, 3 gerbils, & 1 dwarf hamster... shew! 
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Robin's brood = 1  wonderful husband, 4 handsome sons, 1 beautiful daughter, 14 chickens, 1 dog, 1 puppy, 2 rabbits, 3 gerbils, & 1 dwarf hamster... shew! 
<>< http://matthewmcgee.org/roman-rd.html  <><
<>< http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsgwfliQoqg <><
<>< http://www.shorewoodbiblechurch.org/where.htm <><
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post #7 of 58

Here is another thread to help you out.  http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=148587

Robin's brood = 1  wonderful husband, 4 handsome sons, 1 beautiful daughter, 14 chickens, 1 dog, 1 puppy, 2 rabbits, 3 gerbils, & 1 dwarf hamster... shew! 
<>< http://matthewmcgee.org/roman-rd.html  <><
<>< http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsgwfliQoqg <><
<>< http://www.shorewoodbiblechurch.org/where.htm <><
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Robin's brood = 1  wonderful husband, 4 handsome sons, 1 beautiful daughter, 14 chickens, 1 dog, 1 puppy, 2 rabbits, 3 gerbils, & 1 dwarf hamster... shew! 
<>< http://matthewmcgee.org/roman-rd.html  <><
<>< http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsgwfliQoqg <><
<>< http://www.shorewoodbiblechurch.org/where.htm <><
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post #8 of 58
Thread Starter 

Well, I'm getting pictures.. I'm no chicken expert. Even with looking at other threads. I'm impatient, and I'm very very ADD. I guess I'll be getting some different chicks if these are rocks... I just got so attached to my chickens, too.. >.<

post #9 of 58
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http://www.iaza.com/work/090516C/Animals_and_Cancun_2008-2009_61287091.jpg

These are the chickens.

post #10 of 58

The white ones are definitely Cornish Rocks but the other ones look similar to my Golden Comet pullet (also from TSC.)

Robin's brood = 1  wonderful husband, 4 handsome sons, 1 beautiful daughter, 14 chickens, 1 dog, 1 puppy, 2 rabbits, 3 gerbils, & 1 dwarf hamster... shew! 
<>< http://matthewmcgee.org/roman-rd.html  <><
<>< http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsgwfliQoqg <><
<>< http://www.shorewoodbiblechurch.org/where.htm <><
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Robin's brood = 1  wonderful husband, 4 handsome sons, 1 beautiful daughter, 14 chickens, 1 dog, 1 puppy, 2 rabbits, 3 gerbils, & 1 dwarf hamster... shew! 
<>< http://matthewmcgee.org/roman-rd.html  <><
<>< http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsgwfliQoqg <><
<>< http://www.shorewoodbiblechurch.org/where.htm <><
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