Colored Range Broilers or CornishX?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Gravedigger, Dec 20, 2008.

  1. Gravedigger

    Gravedigger Out Of The Brooder

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    Which would be recommended for a first timer and why. I'm building a tractor for spring.

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  2. mikarod

    mikarod Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think I'll always prefer the Cornish cross. You put food out...they'll eat...butcher in 8 weeks or less. Easy as pie.
     
  3. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    CornishX. You wouldn't understand how nice the CRB's are until you've survived a few batches of CornishX's.
     
  4. Brunty_Farms

    Brunty_Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would go with the cornish rocks too. Their growth rate is amazing but when it comes down to it, it's your prefrence.

    Do you want a bird that is ready in 6-8 weeks or 10-12 weeks?

    CRB have a little more flavor due to an older age.... Does a little flavor out weigh 4 more weeks of having them?

    In a tractor the CRB's will consume more grass more quickly, They are meant to range *hence the name*. Compared to the Cornish Rocks that are bred for confinement. Broilers do well in tractors.... CRB's do better on an open true free-range style.

    Ask yourself these questions and see what's best for you....
     
  5. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:I usually take mine in at 9.5 or 10.0 weeks, so the trade is closer to 2 weeks.

    For us the flavor is one component. The mortality issue is why we no longer do CornishX. It hammers your bottom line.
     
  6. Brunty_Farms

    Brunty_Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah mortality is a big issue, they tend to be more fragile than the CRB's. When you lose 20 in a batch of a hundred.... which I've done..... makes the overall profit margin shrink. But practice makes perfect, the more you raise them the less you lose.
     
  7. beakkeeper

    beakkeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That's funny... but true...
     

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