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Cornish Cross question

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by chicken dude, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. chicken dude

    chicken dude Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 26, 2012
    What is the secret to getting cornish crosses to butchering weight at 7 weeks old?
  2. kacklinkelly

    kacklinkelly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 12, 2012
    Southwest Desert
    Interesting... I've heard people write about 8-10 weeks. Will watch this thread. Thanks for asking.
  3. LukensFarms

    LukensFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 5, 2013
    Fort Collins, CO
    A lot of that info is proprietary to big companies like Tyson. However I'm suspicious that their practices also have higher incidences of hock burns.
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I butchered mine at 8 weeks and had nice carcasses--didn't weigh them, but they were comparable to store birds for size. No secret, just let the little piggies eat all they want during the day, pull the feed at night, fresh water, enough room to move around, enough feeders for everyone to eat. They're genetically programmed to eat themselves to death, given the choice, so it's really not too difficult.

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