Originally Posted by Pensmaster
Good morning Nchvac,
I've noticed the MM breed of DC being strange. Some short legs some tall some regular comb some pea. Thought it was quite a mix. They do say in their description that they use multiple colors in their breeding just not multiple breeds.
The feed store only had roosters available at the time I saw them. I didn't pick any up partly because of that and they were wet due to the nipple water they were using. I was afraid they'd get chilled on the way home. If I do pick some up in June I'll bring a heated water bottle to put on with them for the trip home. I'm very leery of getting chicks outside my coop as I've been stung before.
We are still considered country here so roosters crowing haven't been a problem. No more so than a barking dog however new neighbors are moving in closer and closer. They don't strike me as the kind that like chickens. I could be wrong on that.
Thank you for letting me know about the DC from MM. I had already begun suspecting something was up, that confirmed it.
What you can do is chose the stock that you like and breed for what you want. A big thing I found with the Cornish is that with time they are challenged to breed due to the short legs and how their body is shaped. Research concluded that the hatcheries bred in longer legs and different builds. Also, heritage Cornish are not good at egg laying which is why real Cornish are not readily available. That doesn't work good for production of a hatchery so they had to bring in some different genes for production.
Main thing, don't stop with what I tell you- do your own research and know that you aren't the only one that has the X idea. I think everybody that has raised Cornish X has had the idea to bread their own and most wind up disappointed with the result, as it takes something like 4 different crosses to come up with a true Cornish X, and that recipe is highly guarded.