Yep, Nothing I love more than my Toads.
As Kloppers says I like talking about them. Here is Bert Jr. he is the result of a rainbow CX cross.
I do everything the hatcheries tell you not to do when raising CX's. I force them to free range or starve. I feed them after day 2 whatever they can eat in 15 minutes twice a day. That is all! If you put feed in front of them for 12 hours a day you will raise lazy slobbish birds. I also feed them a low protein feed, 14-15%. I had the guy at the feed mill come unglued when he found out I was feeding them such low protein.
He claimed they would have weak legs and bones and be sickly. He is and was wrong. I have some CX hens nearly a year old now laying an egg a day almost everyday. My problem is the eggs are not fertile. I lost my back up rooster to an owl about 2 months ago. So I am screwed for going ahead on this. Unless I can kidnap Conrad! I am hoping it is just seasonal infertility.
I also have one full sister of Bert Jr. She is doing great and a reliable layer. By breeding back to the rainbows you get a cx with a larger leg and thigh than the CX itself has without giving up much breast meat.
That said, if I do not get the next generation to breed I am done with the crosses and buying from Hoover again. BTW Hoover gets their eggs from some place in Arkansas as I recall. They have great CX's as long as you do not over feed them. My first batch I raised like they said, I had heart and leg problems, I have never had that the way I raise them..
And as Kloppers says they are sweet luvable birds that want to be held and visited with.