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post #1821 of 3084
Originally Posted by big medicine View Post

Looks like dark feet on the pullets.
It's we have been getting torrential rains here Every week. If it doesn't rain ANYWHERE else in the United States,It rains on my property!!
post #1822 of 3084
Their legs and feet are yellow
post #1823 of 3084

Unfortunately my dark cornish all have willow coloured feet. I'd like the yellow legs and pearl eyes in my flock- is it true that the hatchery cornish do have pearl eyes?

It would be very interesting to compare the production of hatchery cornish to the exhibition- I don't think I've seen any photos of dressed pure cornish, hatchery or exhibition.  Must be too valuable to eat ;) I have heard that the hatchery cornish are pretty good egg layers.

Edited by CanadianBuckeye - 11/22/15 at 9:37am
post #1824 of 3084
Mine do Not have the pearl eyes. (Macmurray)
post #1825 of 3084
Egg layers....hmmmm must be the leghorn in them.probably where the white wing feathers came from.
post #1826 of 3084
My broilers have the pale eyes
post #1827 of 3084

JRN do you know for sure if there's leghorn in the hatchery dark  cornish?  I think the ones in Canada come from Ideal. If so, I'll order some for a little project breeding I have in  mind.

Has anyone crossed dark with white cornish? I was wondering if that might invigorate a line without destroying the Cornish characteristics. I'd expect some white feathers popping up from that cross but it wouldn't be as bad as crossing with another breed.

post #1828 of 3084

I suspect just about all white Cornish are pretty much dark Cornish with the addition of two copies of recessive white.

"It just goes to show you, you don't have to be crazy to raise  Cornish,...................... but it helps."      Lewis Strait
"It just goes to show you, you don't have to be crazy to raise  Cornish,...................... but it helps."      Lewis Strait
post #1829 of 3084

Are these the right kind of eyes?

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post #1830 of 3084
I have 4 Cornish cross, about 9 weeks old. I know I should just butcher them, and I might yet, but was going to try to keep them for layers. I have about 4 acre property I let my hens free range. I just started turning the Cornish cross out. They will not move very far from the coop, I know they cannot be finding enough food in the little area they are hunting. I have to actually close the coop door or they would spend the entire day laying in the barn. I do not give them any feed until evening, trying to make them range.
They are young, will they get bolder as they get more accustomed to their environment? Or have they just been bred to be lazy?
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