Chicken Breed Focus - Cornish

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by sumi, Nov 17, 2016.

  1. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    The Cornish breed is known variously by Indian or Cornish Game depending on country. In America it was originally always known as Indian Game, until 1905 when the American Poultry Association passed a motion to rename the breed to Cornish Indian Game. Due to the confusion the name caused by implying the breed came from India, and unpopularity of the use of Game in the name, it was eventually renamed to simply the Cornish in 1910. The Cornish is a large, stocky breed, often crossed with other breeds to enhance meat production. There are two variates, the Cornish Game and the Jubilee Cornish Game. The Cornish Game is dark blue - green in color, with brown patterning on the hens. Jubilee Cornish Game are much lighter, and less stocky than their counterparts. They are usually light wheaten in color, with light brown patterning.

    The breed was developed by Sir Walter Gilbert, 1st Baronet, around 1820 and was accepted by the American Poultry Association in 1893.

    Details:

    Breed Purpose
    Meat Bird
    Comb Pea
    Broodiness Average
    Climate Tolerance All Climates
    Egg Productivity Medium
    Egg Size Medium
    Egg Color Brown
    Breed Temperament Friendly,Calm,Bears confinement well,Quiet
    Breed Colors/Varieties Dark, Jubilee, Blue-laced and White Red laced
    Breed Size Large Fowl


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    BYC Breed Discussions:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/398955/cornish-thread/0_30

    BYC Breed Reviews:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/cornish


    Do you own Cornish? Are you a Cornish breeder? If so, please reply to this thread with the your thoughts and experiences, including:

    · What made you decide to get this breed?
    · Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose?
    · What are your favorite characteristics about this breed?
    · Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!
     
  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    LOVE LOVE LOVE CORNISH! Couldn't say enough about this wonderful breed. I originally got them for meat, but now use them for pets, breeders, and broodies.

    I love their personalities, for one. They are very active, alert, pugnacious birds, and very curious and friendly as well. They can be aggressive with other birds, so they need plenty of space - they'll usually be the top dogs in the flock.

    They have great meat uses. Slow growing but they get very big - hatchery birds run maybe 6-7 pounds for females and anywhere from 8-11 pounds for males. Breeder stock females tend to go 8-9 pounds and cocks 10-12. Crosses over laying birds yields nice dual purpose birds - decent layers with heavy bodies.

    The one thing they aren't good for is laying. They lay big eggs but very seasonal and poor quantities. They are incredibly broody, which is good if that's what you want them for but drops egg production even more.

    I've had Cornish in all sizes and varieties, Bantam Black, Bantam Jubilee, Standard Dark, LOTS of hybrids thereof. I will own them as long as I own chickens!

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  3. summerb123

    summerb123 Overrun With Chickens

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    I had a Cornish! her name is Bumble Bee I traded with
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  4. maralpz2006

    maralpz2006 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got my first cornish. .[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    summerb123 Overrun With Chickens

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  6. KoopOnTruckin

    KoopOnTruckin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got a batch of Dark Cornish from Welp Hatchery back in July. Ordered 5 cockerels, but turned out to be 3 boys and 2 girls... Still I was fine with the purchase, the males are all very big - over 4 lbs at 13 weeks and still growing. I'm expecting them to get to 7 lbs by 20 weeks or so. They are slow growing, and they don't look like much - their feathers are tight to their bodies and they are compact, but definitely little bowling balls.

    I'm raising them for meat, and working on a breeding program to make a quality cornish cross with reasonable growth rates and feed efficiency. I don't see a lot of their personalities yet, a bit skiddish and weary but very careful outside when foraging. Speaking of that, they seem to be great foragers.

    You can see in the photo below the DC cockerel is much smaller than the WR of the same age:
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    Some of his colors, you can see the brown at the wings and some of the teal on the wings and neck. He's pretty good looking.
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    And here's the pullet I'm keeping, she's got some beautiful coloring, but she's not that big at all. Still has some meat on her, but small frame.
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    The cockerel I'm keeping, sorry for the shadows, he didn't seem to want to go out into the light:
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  7. KoopOnTruckin

    KoopOnTruckin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here are some photos of my dark Cornish chicks back when they were cute and cuddly:

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  8. summerb123

    summerb123 Overrun With Chickens

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    awww cute!
     

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