Confession time

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Buster52, May 19, 2011.

  1. Buster52

    Buster52 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 28, 2009
    Geronimo Oklahoma
    Okay, now that I am reading and posting in the meat bird section again, this is bound to come out in subtle ways sooner or later, so I might as well 'fess up now and get it over with...

    I am going to try raising Cornish Cross this year. Several hundred of them, in fact. I have already received an order to raise and process 200 and another for 100. And the farmers market hasn't even started up in my area yet. [​IMG]

    Now, that might not sound like much of a confession, especially in the meat birds forum. But those who are familiar with my posts from the past will know it's quite a big one. I have hated these birds from the start, as they come from a factory farm system, bred for a factory farm system, and I hate factory farm systems.

    But, reality has kicked in, and many of you have convinced me this Frankenbird can be raised humanely. I have tried several DP breeds and crosses and meat birds, and all of them are fine for my home table. But none of them would appeal to the general public, at least not enough to sell on a larger scale outside of a bird here or there, and that because of the length of time the cost would be prohibitive. I have tried (and loved) Dark Cornish, have crossed them with Dels, and have raised Freedom Rangers. None of them would be practical for a startup meat bird business like I am trying to build. Too small breasted, too small in general (except the FR) and too long and expensive in developing. People would have to pay a lot more money for a lot less bird, and would not get what they are likely to expect having grown up on supermarket fare.

    So, I am taking the dive. I feel like I have raised enough chickens and have read enough here and talked to local CX experts enough to have the confidence to do it.

    Maybe once I get up and going and have developed a customer base, I can try DPs for select clientèle who are willing to pay a higher price for the richer taste, but for now, I'm determined to raise these birds until I feel like I just can't handle it any more.

    There. I said it. I'm done. Have fun.

    Now I'll go stand in the corner.
  2. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    We should all learn something new every day. At least this way you'll have tried them. Maybe you will appreciate them after that and maybe you won't.

    Good Luck with your birds!
  3. JulieNKC

    JulieNKC Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 25, 2010
    Kansas City
    I only have 6 cornish x, but they are happy healthy birds. They free range although they don't go far from their tractor at all. They are sweet birds who run (and you should see a fat cornish x run!) up to me as soon as they see me and sit on my feet. I have a feeling once they get bigger (they are 6 weeks) and it gets hotter their quality of life will diminish somewhat. As a matter of fact I'm counting on it cause at the moment I do not want to process my lil sweeties. [​IMG]
    I think it's how they are raised and processed that counts, not what you raise.
  4. myhubbycallsmechickeemama

    myhubbycallsmechickeemama Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 9, 2011
    Arco, ID
    Eeek!!![​IMG] You must have tons of room!!! I'm not sure I could handle the smell of that many Cornish X's!!!! I have 20 right now and whew!! [​IMG]

    Looking forward to updates and good luck to you!
  5. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

    Apr 22, 2008
    Congratulations! My family has done the same thing this year. We processed a small batch today and have 175 more in brooders and tractors ranging from 5wks to day-olds. We are growing our market and so far have sold out of every batch long before processing day and have to keep a waiting list. We are hoping to expand in October to keep up with the high demand for local, organically grown birds.
  6. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    lol, good for you buster!
    here is the compremise I made with myself:
    I do not view CX as long term sustainable for obvious reasons. However, I do not currently find an alternative to me that is viable, agreable, or economical. Therefore I will raise CX while working on a solution!
    honestly I have come to love the little fatties.
  7. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

    Apr 22, 2008
    Katy, I totally agree! I would love to be able to market a different type of bird that is more sustainable, but for now, I will continue to raise cornish x and try to work towards a better solution.
  8. Two Creeks Farm

    Two Creeks Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 23, 2011
    Hedgesville, WV
    I havent minded ours, they can smell if you dont move them...often LOL! Ours are fat and quite active. They have reached the point where when they see me they come running(waddling). They wont run much further then a 100 yards from the tractor but they are doing well. Looking ahead to fall and possibly doing a much larger batch to market along with my Turkeys.
  9. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2008
    Yorkshire, Ohio
    'Bout time you came around Buster. How does that crow taste? LOL I can't wait to read what Bossroo has to say about this. I really miss the back and fourths you used to have with him. Cracks me up.

    Anyway, good luck with your endeavor.
  10. Buster52

    Buster52 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 28, 2009
    Geronimo Oklahoma
    Quote:Like chicken. [​IMG]

    Yeah, I figure this is my early Christmas present for the Boss. [​IMG]

    Actually I am still working on a sustainable meat bird. My buddy Al has offered to share some of his meat bird project birds with me. I already have one of his roos (quite a brute, that boy) and a bunch of the chicks, but will be picking up some of his layers this next week. If that works out maybe I won't have to work with these beasties for more than a year or so.

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