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A Cornish as a pet..

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Chicken-Peep, Feb 28, 2013.

  1. Chicken-Peep

    Chicken-Peep Hatching

    Feb 28, 2013
    Hi everyone! I am new here on BYC and wanted to know some info on the Cornish Cross! In my lifetime I never thought I would have "pet chickens". Honestly, the only meat I would eat was chicken and turkey. After having my babies a few weeks, I couldn't eat it anymore! I learned one of the rescues' is a Cornish Cross (she was three times the size of the others at 3 weeks..). I heard they only live a few months?[​IMG] I would like to have her for a couple years because she is my absolute favorite![​IMG] The rest of the chickens are fantastic! But my Cornish is just the sweetest, prettiest, and silliest out of all of them. How can I make sure she has a nice long life? She weighs about 8 pounds and 14 weeks old and can still walk, fly (a little bit), and jump. It's kind of embarrassing to say this..., but sometimes I just cry when I think of her passing so early from leg problems or heart problems! I just want her to feel strong and healthy like the others!

    -Chicken Peep-
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  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    [​IMG]. I think limiting her access to feed would be important as well as making sure she's getting plenty of exercises.
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    I agree with Kevin565. Limit the food and provide exercise. Some months ago I read a post on BYC about a guy who had done a rehabilitation project on a Cornish X....changed its diet, gave it exercise, and it did quite a turn around and became a more "typical" chicken. So, it is possible!
  4. Chicken-Peep

    Chicken-Peep Hatching

    Feb 28, 2013
    Thanks! She is allowed to free range for a few hours and is doing pretty well for now, I'm really hoping she can live for a long time![​IMG]

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