Cornish Chicken question

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by yomama, Oct 14, 2010.

  1. yomama

    yomama Overrun With Chickens

    This may sound really stupid, but I'm going to use the excuse that I am still new to chickens. [​IMG] I have egglayers, different breeds, so I am pretty familiar with them. I have never had meaties. I know that Cornish Xs are bred to be meaties, grow fast and be butchered at a young age. I also have heard that they don't live very long, due to their anatomy. My question is, I ordered some "Assorted Brown Egglayers" chicks From MPC, along with some other breeds, that will be coming the end of this month. In that mix, there is the possibility of getting a Cornish. Are just regular Cornish different than the meaties everyone gets for butchering? I don't want to get a chicken that is going to die within a couple of months! [​IMG] If they are, why would they include them in with an assortment of egg layers?
    Thanks!
     
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2010
  2. Ang

    Ang Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cornishes are just like any other layer. [​IMG] No worries that they will keel over from a heart attack.
     
  3. punky rooster

    punky rooster Awesome

    Jul 21, 2010
    cornish mix get affected by diseise easily
    but if you get a regular cornish he should live longer
    •Rhode Island Red
    •New Hampshire Red
    •Red Star
    •Speckled Sussex
    •Dark Cornish
    •Light Brahma
    •Australorp
    •Buff Orpington
    •Naked Neck
    •Salmon Faverolles
    •Dominique
    •Barred Plymouth Rock
    •White Plymouth Rock
    •Partridge Rock
    •Delaware
    •Golden Laced Wyandotte
    •Silver Laced Wyandotte
    •Columbian Wyandotte
    •Blue Laced Red Wyandotte
    •Black Jersey Giant
    •Buckeye
    •Chantecler
    •Barnevelder
    •Blue Cochin
    •Black Cochin
    •Splash Cochin
    •White Cochin
    •Partridge Cochin

    that is what you could get​
     
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  4. yomama

    yomama Overrun With Chickens

    So, it's when you start mixing it with other breeds, that's when you start getting meaties?
     
  5. punky rooster

    punky rooster Awesome

    Jul 21, 2010
    no if you get cornish roosters then they will be big meat birds
    even if you mix them with a heavy breed they should be good meat birds
     
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  6. punky rooster

    punky rooster Awesome

    Jul 21, 2010
    sorry i think i misunderstood you they should be fine they should not die like the crosses
     
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  7. yomama

    yomama Overrun With Chickens

    Thanks so much for the replies! I feel alot better now. I would of been devestated having a bird that had a heart attack at a young age!
    Thanks again!
     

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