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Cornish bantams

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by ChickieBooBoo, Jan 14, 2011.

  1. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    Has anyone tried Cornish bantams as a small meat bird? Kinda like what a Cornish game hen would be like? How long did they take to reach a decent size? Temperment, etc etc
     
  2. Farmerboy247

    Farmerboy247 Out Of The Brooder

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    im interested in the same info if anybody out there can help
     
  3. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

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    gettingmine March 18..well...they will be there sooner but that is when I will see them...I am going to cross a leghorn and make me a dual purpose bantam...cuz i want to!
     
  4. pringle

    pringle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am pretty sure cornish games that you see at the store are just young cornish x's butchered young.
     
  5. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    yes, I know they are, I just want to try a heritage meat bird [​IMG]
     
  6. 95yj

    95yj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i'm gonna do some standard cornish this year, they're alot cheaper than the bantams from mcmurray. They'll probably take roughly the same amount of time as a "normal" chicken to grow up because they are "normal" chickens, plus or minus a bit for breed variation. In my experience bantams take about the same amount of time to grow as they're standard counterparts, even though they're smaller.
     
  7. pringle

    pringle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well then if I were you I would try looking around for some really good quality ones instead of scrawny hatchery birds.They probably have the same characteristics as the LF cornish except in minature form.
     
  8. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    If I got any it would be from a friend of mine who raises them, not a hatchery
     
  9. theoldguy

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    I have dark Cornish bantams and they do make good meat birds about 12 to 13 wks. They eat a lot less then the standard Cornish who is 4 to 5 times bigger. I would guess they weigh about 1 1/2# at that age but i didn't weigh mine after butchering them.
     

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