Broiler Chick w/ growth on chest- can I keep her as a pet

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by blueheeler1998, Aug 30, 2011.

  1. blueheeler1998

    blueheeler1998 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello. I have a cornish x. She has a growth on her chest. She is about 9 weeks old. She is about the size a regular chicken would be at 9 weeks. Beautifully feathered with no signs of disease. Clear eyes, healthy appetite, solid droppings. Since she isn't growing super fast like the others I bought with her, I was wondering if I would be able to keep her. I wouldn't eat her since she has a mystery growth on her chest. I tried to remove air thinking it is a ruptured air sac, but there is no air. It is on both sides of her chest, so I don't think it is her crop. Thought rather than cull her, I could keep her with my layers. Anyone have any thoughts?
     
  2. becky3086

    becky3086 Crested Crazy

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    I am not sure I would put her in with other chickens, since you don't know what is actually wrong with her. She is likely not to live long anyway.
     
  3. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    Quote:2x any Cornish x's would not live too much longer. When it is time to butcher her siblings, you might want to butcher her as well.
     
  4. WishboneDawn

    WishboneDawn Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:2x any Cornish x's would not live too much longer. When it is time to butcher her siblings, you might want to butcher her as well.

    There are members her with CX's who've lived 2-5 years.

    I'd give it a try myself. If she's not suffering, why on earth not?
     
  5. blueheeler1998

    blueheeler1998 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have read on here about people who have older cornish x. She really seams in very good health other wise. Her siblings were butchered two weeks ago. She is alone right now. I wouldn't eat her even if we did kill her. She is small like our RIR pullets were at her age, plus not much point if I wouldn't eat the breast.

    My daughters RIRs are going to the county fair soon, except for 1. Thought she might be good company for the 1 staying home. Not sure what I will do. Wish someone else had a similar situation. Thanks for your input.
     
  6. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    In that case when her siblings are gone, it would be OK to keep the other one company as long she is not ill. Just limit how much food you put in front of her to slow her growth down.

    MOST Cornish X's die before six months of age but any that lives longer are the exceptions. Dedicated care, restricted feed, and "luck of the draw" genetics would all play a part in the Cornish X's longevity. It would be interesting to see if more and more people would keep their Cornish X's alive for more than a year but I say a good 90 percent won't.
     
  7. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Quote:You are right about most of them not living long. I kept my Cornish around for 4 years.

    As you said, you have to be dedicated to them as I was. I think that is why they lived to be 4 years. They were on a well thought out plan as far as feeding and exercising.
     
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    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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  9. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    If at 9 weeks she is only the size of a regular chicken despite being raised as a meat bird... I would treat her as a regular chicken. Perhaps she isn't a meat bird.
     
  10. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:I have to agree. [​IMG]
     

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