Can you use white rocks sold as broilers as layers too?

chicapee

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We bought 5 white rocks that are about 5 weeks old and they are massive compared to the Asian blue chicks that are the same age. They basically just eat and plop down. I have never seen such inactive chicks or such rapid growing ones. I have to pick them up every night to go into their coop. I was wondering if these birds are only used for meat or can you have them for layers. I hope they don't kick the bucket from being so fat. TIA.
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katbriar

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There is a heritage variety called Plymouth White Rocks. These can be bred and kept as good dial purpose birds. But it sounds like you have what should have been called cornish x (or cornish cross). These birds are bred to put on muscle quickly and be butchered for meat within 8-12 weeks. They can be kept briefly to lay, but do not always breed true to the parent stock and frequently die within the first year if kept past about four months of age.
 

chicapee

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Apr 15, 2015
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Pass Christian, MS
There is a heritage variety called Plymouth White Rocks. These can be bred and kept as good dial purpose birds. But it sounds like you have what should have been called cornish x (or cornish cross). These birds are bred to put on muscle quickly and be butchered for meat within 8-12 weeks. They can be kept briefly to lay, but do not always breed true to the parent stock and frequently die within the first year if kept past about four months of age.

Thanks for your help.
 

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