Breeding Cornish X Rocks

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by rockpapershotgun, May 19, 2009.

  1. cassie

    cassie Overrun With Chickens

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    Cornish X hens will lay eggs. Mine produced nice large brown eggs. I don't know how many they will lay because I didn't let them live that long. The Cornish X chickens are a cross, not a hybrid, so they are fertile. The problem you would have with breeding them is twofold. One the rooster may be so large he can't mate properly and fertilize the eggs and two, the offspring will not grow and perform like the parents. In other words, they do not breed true. Then of course there is the problem of them just dropping dead for no good reason.
     
  2. Windy Bay Farm

    Windy Bay Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can someone tell me how to ensure the meat from the Cornish X will be tender once they are butchered ?
     
  3. crawly01

    crawly01 Out Of The Brooder

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    Might be a Red Ranger...I THINK/NOT sure, they are a true breed? Someone correct me if I'm wrong please.
     
  4. bachbach1

    bachbach1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Beyond figuring out the mystery where can you get the best price on cornish x chicks, or eggs for hatching.
     
  5. kfacres

    kfacres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Doubt you find any true meaty hatching eggs to purchase, without buying 10 plus dozen.
    butcher them at the appropriate age, and do not mess around with DP breeds.
    They are a mixture of breeds and composites. Nothing more than a hybrid.
     
  6. Windy Bay Farm

    Windy Bay Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    butcher them at the appropriate age, and do not mess around with DP breeds.
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    What age is appropriate ? And what are DP breeds ?
     
  7. NikonD2xer

    NikonD2xer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What age is appropriate ? And what are DP breeds ?[/QUOTE]
    DP is Dual Purpose Breeds for both meat and eggs.

    There is no appropriate age to butcher. It all depends on what you want as far as the size you want to eat.

    All you need to after butchering is let them rest in the refrigerator until the joints all move freely. A couple of days will usually do it.
     
  8. Windy Bay Farm

    Windy Bay Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for the info !
     
  9. kfacres

    kfacres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can butcher them anytime from 6-12 weeks of age. Appropriately, 8-9 seems like ideal.

    We leave our's in the fridge for 12-36 hours usually in water soaking.
     
  10. reapercrew

    reapercrew New Egg

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    So I may be a little behind in this process, but I am going to try and breed a dark cornish roo and a barred rock hen. My question now becomes does the resulting chick become a hybrid to the point where you cannot rue breed the new chickens? My thinking is getting a more sustainable meat bird by using the best traits I.e. size and growth rate to keep improving on the poor mans X that we have made.
     

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