Cornish crosses? How to really produce them and their secrets?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Chicken7777, May 9, 2009.

  1. Chicken7777

    Chicken7777 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2008
    North Jersey
    Hello everyone, I am just posting this because I have been wanting to know for a long time now on how people, poultry companies, and chicken processers, produce cornish crosses? Do you actually breed the same cornish to produce more or do you have a "certain" way to breed them?

    Please do not say it is a cross with a plymouth rock and cornish because I already know the story how it is a mix of both but I know that the current cornish cross is much genetically different than what you get from breeding those two. They have been bred for a long time, etc.

    I just have heard many rumors on really getting a cornish cross without really having to purchase them from the hatcheries and such...I have even heard that you can actually breed the cornish crosses to produce more but they have to be made like real chickens by lowering the amount of feed they eat so that they dont become really fat and die.

    I would appreciate the help on this because I am really wanting to know and would like to know how to really produce them/breed them If i really wanted to.

    Thank you.
  2. cassie

    cassie Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 19, 2009
    If you breed two of the Cornish X together you will not get the high performance of their parents. They do not breed true. They are cross breds and the high performance is due to hybrid vigor. The breeders of cornish x have male lines and female lines. They have spent a lot of time and money in the development of their breeding stock. Trying to duplicate it is a little like reinventing the wheel.

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