Coconut layed an egg!!!!

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by SillyBird, Dec 15, 2015.

  1. SillyBird

    SillyBird Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 4, 2015
    Nova Scotia
    My just over five month old pet Cornish X (aka Meat King) hen, Coconut, layed a brown egg today! I have shown it next to one of our laying hens eggs to show it's smaller size, and here is a photo of her taken a few months ago. Apparently the red ear lobes depict the color of the egg. I am new to chickens so this is all pretty neat to me. I could care less if she lays eggs though as I love her and her companion, Kiwi, who turned out to be a rooster Cornish X who attempted to crow the other day. I would love to hear from others who have kept back meat kings as pets and their experiences as to what they feed them etc. Thanks. : )

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  2. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
    Congratulations on Coconut's first egg!

    I've never had Cornish X or other meat birds but you might try checking with members on the Meat Bird forum to see if any of them have successfully kept one as a pet.
  3. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    Congrats! Its so egg-citing, isn't it? Enjoy!
  4. twisted-acres-farm

    twisted-acres-farm Maiah and daughter dob aug 2, 2017 Premium Member

    Jul 1, 2011
    Dickinson, North Dakota
  5. chickens29

    chickens29 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 15, 2015
    New England
    Awesome! My mom bought what she thought were Speckled Sussexs at Tractor Supply from the sign, but they were actually Cornish Crosses. I have no idea why she didn't compare the white chicks to the speckled chicks on the sign lol. I sold the rooster, but I kept the hen which I named Gordita. She lived for 2 years until she was taken by a bobcat.

    I gave her cracked corn, table scraps and layer pellets, but sometimes I had to cut down on her feed so that she didn't weigh too much. Her weight was only a problem in the winter, because they couldn't go foraging. One of the best and nicest hens I had though, even if she didn't lay that many eggs. My mom really grew attached to her and sometimes she talks about how amazing last spring was when she'd be planting onions and Gordita would run up and eat the Japanese beetle grubs.

    I feel like she didn't have as much of a weight problem as other broilers would, this could possibly be traced to how Tractor Supply chickens aren't exactly what most people consider the best of the best for their purpose, haha.
  6. SillyBird

    SillyBird Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 4, 2015
    Nova Scotia
    Thank you all for your replies. Yes, it was "egg-citing"! Gordita sounded lovely. And I did put a post on the meat bird forum. : )

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