ate our first cornish x today for lunch!

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by mommy9994, May 11, 2008.

  1. mommy9994

    mommy9994 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    and it was wonderful! She had dressed out at 3.4 lbs, but there was FAR more meat than on the 4 lb Perdue's that I generally get. It roasted up wonderfully. The rest of them are 7weeks old on Monday, and we will be doing 5 per day every day week after next (when they are 8 weeks old)-- some of the smaller ones, I may wait a week on.
     
  2. kees

    kees Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2008
    I'm glad to hear that they were so good! I remember a previous post where someone complained that they were rubbery. Don't know why...
     
  3. HobbyChickener

    HobbyChickener Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good News! I am raising some as we speak. 15 of them right now and they are gaining nicely. We have not decided how long we will wait before they head towards the freezer. I do like the sounds of the 10-12 lbs that Ms P got with her last group. Thanks for sharing
     
  4. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    Quote:Whoa.... Cornish birds get as big as wild turkeys?! That's insane.
     
  5. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    Yeah methinks theres a typo there.
     
  6. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    If I recall, she was referring to live weight, not freezer weight.
     
  7. kees

    kees Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2008
    Sounds good to me!
     
  8. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    Don't wait until they get that big. The cost of raising them gets too high. Only about 7-8 weeks before slaughter depending on how you feed them. About 5.5 lbs live weight. They start to get tough after that.
     
  9. mommy9994

    mommy9994 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Live weight on this one was 4.5. I wouldn't wait till they get 10 lbs, though I may wait an extra week on the rest of them. This one was almost 8 weeks (would have been tomorrow, butchered on Friday). Any longer than that, they might start dying on you.

    I ordered 25, was sent 26, plus this one that was given to us before the rest had come in. Out of all of them, I had one die-- for some reason, it just didn't go inside one chilly night, and we culled one at 5 weeks or so with a broken leg. I sent dh cornish hen with roasted potatoes for lunch when we did that one:D.

    I think they did VERY well. I plan on ordering 50-100 for Fall butchering.
     
  10. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    Good going! I just moved mine out to the tractor today. They have been in type commerical brooders since I got them. I lost one from being trampled in a feeding frenzy one morning. But now that they are where I can see them better and see what's going on, I noticed that one has leg problems. I worry that it's because of being cramped in the brooder too long. They are only 2.5 weeks old, and I did split them up into 2 different brooders but they grow so fast I couldn't keep up with them.

    I had to wait for the bad weather of last week to pass. Now they are saying snow this coming Tuesday. [​IMG] I had to move them out, there just isn't room anymore. I stapled up a towel in the tractor to act as a draft block and hung a heat lamp. I sure hope they will be ok. Oh, did I mention that I saw the local fox yesterday. Just up the street. I'm really worried. The tractor isn't nearly as secure as my fort knox coops. [​IMG]
     

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