Broilers w/ White Legs

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by bigredfeather, Sep 24, 2010.

  1. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    Yorkshire, Ohio
    I have gotten CX chicks from a small hatchery here in Ohio. They have preformed as well as chicks from other hatcheries. Biggest difference I see is that they have white-cream colored legs/feet. Anybody else ever get CX chicks from other hatcheries w/ the same characteristic?

  2. ourflockof4

    ourflockof4 Chirping

    Apr 9, 2010
    Northern Ohio
    The batch from Meyers thats in the tractor right now has a couple of hens with blueish white colored feet. I thought that was odd.....
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2010
  3. mstricer

    mstricer Crowing

    Feb 12, 2009
    Quote:That is weird, I'm on my 3rd batch from Meyers and never seen that. Did you call and ask them? They are really nice and will answer all your questions.
  4. jaku

    jaku Songster

    I get mine from Townline, and I've always noticed that the legs seem to be white also, at least not yellow, like when I've gotten them from other places. I think there are a lot of subtle different varieties that are lumped together as "Cornish X."
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2010
  5. ourflockof4

    ourflockof4 Chirping

    Apr 9, 2010
    Northern Ohio
    Just an update. My one white legged CX hen was culled last night. She was too close to the side of the tractor last night and started flappiong her wings for some reason and broke both wings. I have aways thought that she was kind of the runt of the little, and I was right. She was still running around when I found her so I slit her and bled her out. It wasn't until I started skinning her that I found out how small she was. She was part of the second half of the batch that is almost 9 weeks, she was probably 1/3 the size of the rest. When she was about half skinned I noticed that the meat was a different color then usual, and a much softer texture, to the point that it made us scared to eat her. She was definately a CX, but it makes me wonder if this particular bird didn't have the right genetics which gave her the white legs, and slower growth, or if there was some kind of health problem that may have caused both legs and slow growth.

    I do agree with jaku though, a lot of hatcherys have slightly different varieties that may have different things that shown through.

  6. ghulst

    ghulst Songster

    Aug 31, 2008
    Zeeland Michigan
    The color of legs white or yellow is determied by the strain that you get from the hatchery.

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