- Breed Purpose:
- Meat Bird
- Climate Tolerance:
- All Climates
- Egg Productivity:
- Egg Size:
- Egg Color:
- Breed Temperament:
- Friendly, Calm, Bears confinement well, Quiet
- Breed Colors/Varieties:
- Dark, Jubilee, Blue-laced and White Red laced
- Breed Size:
- Large Fowl
The Cornish breed is known variously by Indian or Cornish Game depending on country. In America it was originally always known as Indian Game, until 1905 when the American Poultry Association passed a motion to rename the breed to Cornish Indian Game. Due to the confusion the name caused by implying the breed came from India, and unpopularity of the use of Game in the name, it was eventually renamed to simply the Cornish in 1910. The Cornish is a large, stocky breed, often crossed with other breeds to enhance meat production. There are two variates, the Cornish Game and the Jubilee Cornish Game. The Cornish Game is dark blue - green in color, with brown patterning on the hens. Jubilee Cornish Game are much lighter, and less stocky than their counterparts. They are usually light wheaten in color, with light brown patterning.
The breed was developed by Sir Walter Gilbert, 1st Baronet, around 1820 and was accepted by the American Poultry Association in 1893.
For more information on this breed and their owners' and breeders' experiences with them, see our breed discussion here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/chicken-breed-focus-cornish.1142033/
Chicken Breed Info:
Breed Purpose: Meat Bird/game bird
Climate Tolerance: All Climates
General Egg Info:
Egg Productivity: Medium
Egg Size: Medium
Egg Color: Brown
Friendly,Calm,Bears confinement well,Quiet
Breed Colors / Varieties:
White, Dark, and White Laced Red
They are quiet and calm, they can also be easily approached. They are ideal for frying and are broilers. They don't eat anymore than your avg LF bird.
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Recent User Reviews
"I love my show quality LF Darks"
Pros - Good meat on the carcass, good temperament
Cons - Slow growing, low egg production
I bought my breeding trio from a show breeder who bred them for looks and temperament since they would be handled regularly at shows.
While none of my birds like being handled, I haven't had a single one of my Darks bite me once I have a hold of them. Both the males and females have a nice, heart shaped body and thick, stocky legs. The double lacing on the females is gorgeous! This is what they looked like at 6 months when I got them.
This is them at a little more than a year.
This is one of the Cockerels I'm saving for next year.
This is a pullet I hatched this year. Her coloring is too light for her to make it as a breeder next year, but the lighter coloring shows of the lacing very nicely.
They grow out slow, but their carcasses have really nice meat on them. Please excuse the bad butchering job. This is a 6-7 month old cockerel. The younger cockerels (14-15 weeks) also dressed out nicely, they weren't as big (half the size), but were just as plump.
"Love my LFWC!"
Pros - Very friendly rooster and a joy to have. I love my Cornish. Fun and impressive birds to have.
Cons - Can't multiply fast enough. Going for a huge flock.
Love my LFWC. Just can't say enough about how much fun they are. Impressive to look at and the compliments don't hurt a bit. A lot of people ask if they are on steroids. Lol
Then proceed to beg to buy some. It'll be quite a while before I have enough to share but am having high hopes. Love my Cornish.
Pros - Pretty bird, beautiful metallic sheen to feathers of the Dark Cornish Rooster.
Cons - Extremely aggressive roosters, to both people and the chickens at the lower end of the pecking order
I have two dark Cornish roosters that I'm selling along with some white Plymouth Rock hens. They are either going to be rehomed OR MEET THEIR MAKER!!! In the 15 years that I have owned chickens with a multitude of breeds, I HAVE NEVER HAD ROOSTERS THIS AGGRESSIVE!!! Perhaps the hens are docile and make great mothers...but I have nothing good to say about the roosters. And in reading the other reviews, I'm definitely not alone in this! They are indeed pretty with that metallic sheen on their feathers, but my compliments end there. If you are going to keep this breed, keep hens! And if you must, keep only one rooster and handle him constantly in the hopes of preventing the daily attacks that I've sustained over here.