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We have been doing the Cornish Rock X.  Butchered at exactly 8 1/2 weeks.  The birds ranged from the smallest at 4.2 lbs, Largest at 6.5lbs with average at 5.22lbs.  We did 25 birds, fed 1 bag of Chick starter feed, 4 bags (80lbs ea) from our local Firth Mill elevator in Idaho and 1 bag of turkey grower.  We have fed them up to 10lbs dressed weight and just felt this was too big.  Although we fed slower, the big birds still had a harder time getting around.  I liked our outcome with the last batch, our final cost was $1.22 per pound, but again, we know what they were fed and how.  It was really cool to see 25 white birds hanging out under the trees and munchin on grass.  I do have to mention that my buddy and I build a whiz bang chicken plucker.  Greatest invention ever!  We are now going to try Turkens or Naked Necks for meat birds this year.  Can't wait to see what that does!

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We have been doing the Cornish Rock X.  Butchered at exactly 8 1/2 weeks.  The birds ranged from the smallest at 4.2 lbs, Largest at 6.5lbs with average at 5.22lbs.  We did 25 birds, fed 1 bag of Chick starter feed, 4 bags (80lbs ea) from our local Firth Mill elevator in Idaho and 1 bag of turkey grower.  We have fed them up to 10lbs dressed weight and just felt this was too big.  Although we fed slower, the big birds still had a harder time getting around.  I liked our outcome with the last batch, our final cost was $1.22 per pound, but again, we know what they were fed and how.  It was really cool to see 25 white birds hanging out under the trees and munchin on grass.  I do have to mention that my buddy and I build a whiz bang chicken plucker.  Greatest invention ever!  We are now going to try Turkens or Naked Necks for meat birds this year.  Can't wait to see what that does!

Where do you plan to get your Turkens?  We've had them for decades.  Also we plan to utilize them in our capon project using Chanteclers and Dark Cornish.

 

I can tell you from personal experience, the  Turken has very flavorful meat with full breasts  and plump legs on their own.  WE feel that using our hybridization project can only increase the flavor and production values.

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We live in West 'By God' Virginia 

 

 

                                                    When Tyranny is Certain and Loss of Freedom is Nigh

                                                                  Revolution is Demanded of All Patriots

 

 

      

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We have them coming from our local Firth mill and elevator.
I coulda done it the easy way....but it wouldn't be the Cowboy way.  And that's why I've become...SUPER CHICKENMAN!!!  (Bock bock bock BOCK)
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I coulda done it the easy way....but it wouldn't be the Cowboy way.  And that's why I've become...SUPER CHICKENMAN!!!  (Bock bock bock BOCK)
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