@CanadianBuckeye I'd always heard about fertility issues with Cornish from standardbred/exhibition stock. I forget if you said yours were hatchery or not. I've always had 100% fertility with my hatchery birds, I actually have 5 of them (MMH Dark) in my temporary bachelor pen right now because they were tearing up my laying hens something awful. I had a decent standard bred Dark cock a while back but never got to check his fertility - he injured his leg the first day I brought him home and never recovered so he ended up dinner. But with these Bantams the fertility seems terrible. Of the additional 5 eggs I put in on the 14th only one looks viable, thank god I'm doing staggered hatches so the poor little fella won't be all by himself if he does hatch. I put in another 4 yesterday so hopefully they will do better but I'm not counting on it.
Anyways I got some new photos of the little buggers. Infertile or not I enjoy watching them, they are such neat little birds.
Cock is Chicken Soup and hen is Icbincs (I Can't Believe It's Not Chicken Soup). No one can ever claim I am not creative with my bird's names.
I think my hens are selected hatchery stock. My rooster was definitely fertile while he lasted which wasn't long! I have some hatchery chicks coming at the end of this month, so I have 2 halfway decent hens form the first breeder, that I'll be crossing with the new rooster once I select the best one.
I was watching the Chicken of Tomorrow video, a link kindly supplied by another BYC member- they had dark cornish in the contest and they mentioned that fertility was in the low 70%'s. Unfortunately there were no pictures of the Cornish, so I don't know how close they would have been to the standard.
I have some Buckeye/Cornish cross eggs in the incubator right now, just for fun.
That's unfortunate about your bantams, are they really going in the soup pot? maybe fertility will improve as the days get even longer? They are cute little guys (in that cute Cornish way!)