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Cornish Crosses without many feathers

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by rmonge00, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. rmonge00

    rmonge00 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hello,

    Quick question. I just got 25 cornish crosses for the first time and they look a lot different from the dual purpose birds that I have raised in the past. They have areas on them in full feather, but in other areas- particularly their breasts and thighs, you can still see their pink skin. They are about 3-4 weeks old... Is this normal? Any reason for this? I have been turning their brooding lamp off during the day for a full week now...

    Thanks!!
     
  2. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    It's normal. They sort of outgrow their feathers because of the speed they gain weight at.
     
  3. bwmichaud

    bwmichaud Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's perfectly normal for them. Look on the bright side, they'll have fewer feathers to pluck.
     
  4. the_great_snag

    the_great_snag Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Actually they tend to be really heavy on the pin feathers if you try to butcher them too young. I try to feed mine a bit slower and let them feather out a bit more as they grow. Seems to help with plucking.

    My other chicks love them. They sit on them on cold days to keep warm!
     

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