Conrish Cross

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by BirdBoy88, Dec 1, 2008.

  1. BirdBoy88

    BirdBoy88 Angel Egg

    Dec 26, 2007
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    Does anyone or has anyone kept a pair?

    to see how they would live and if so how is it?
     
  2. blueskylen

    blueskylen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    there is one left out of a batch that we go the first of Sept.. about 11 weeks ago.

    she never really grew, and I gave her to my SIL with the "extra" chick that MM sent. she told me last week, that the chick has just lately gotten all of it's feathers and is doing well - but still only about the size of the other chick. I don't know how long she will live, but is growing extreeeemmmmely slowly.
     
  3. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    I think everyone in this section has raised Cornish Crosses. Is the question "Do they live to breeding age?". If so, then most don't. They typically die of heart attacks or stroke. Some will always live to an older age, but typically by one year old they'll be goners.
     
  4. BirdBoy88

    BirdBoy88 Angel Egg

    Dec 26, 2007
    Maryland
    If they die so early how do they be able to breed in order to buy chicks? wouldn't they be to big to breed on there own?
     
  5. Mojo Chick'n

    Mojo Chick'n Empress of Chickenville

    Quote:You don't breed cornish crosses to get more cornish crosses. a cornish cross is a mix of different birds.

    meri
     
  6. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    Cornish Cross + Cornish Cross != Cornish Cross

    The CX is an F1 hybrid from two different strains of birds which aren't actually 'breeds'. Then again, there are actually no 'breeds' of chicken anyhow; but some people sure get huffy about the subject. [​IMG]
     
  7. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    Yep... the traits don't carry on to the next generation, or so I've heard. And the parent stock is a closely guarded secret, I guess. [​IMG]
     
  8. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Cornish X White Rock = is one kind of Cornish Cross.

    Probably not the kind you order from the hatcheries.
     
  9. BirdBoy88

    BirdBoy88 Angel Egg

    Dec 26, 2007
    Maryland
    Oh i never knew any of this.. because i would always be thinking ( well how in the heck can they breed..there to fat)

    it's still confusing to me in some ways or another but i am getting and idea of what y'all mean
     

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