Cornish Game Hens from McMurray

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by AimsChickies, Feb 13, 2009.

  1. AimsChickies

    AimsChickies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone ordered/grown cornish game hens from McMurray....wondering how long they take to get to the 2 1/2 lbs the recommend for processing
     
  2. AimsChickies

    AimsChickies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Whoops, sorry, missed the post just below about this.
     
  3. Brunty_Farms

    Brunty_Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The cornish game hens you can get from any hatchery. McMurray is expensive and not worth the extra money in my opinion.

    The only time you really have to worry about a particular strain of birds is when your dealing with roasters. As a breed that has been designed for cornish game hens are processed at 4-6 weeks... and they are not designed to be any bigger, if you try to let them grow bigger you will run into leg problems.

    So basically you can get any broiler from any hatchery and make them cornish game hens... they don't even have to be females. As long as the dressed weight doesn't go over 2 lbs they are still classified "cornish game hens"
     
  4. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I agree on McMurray- it's a good hatchery with probably the best website, but the birds are often double the cost of other small hatcheries.
     
  5. AimsChickies

    AimsChickies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you all recommend a hatchery? I am new to meat birds, have hatched all of my laying hens, or bought them locally.
     
  6. Brunty_Farms

    Brunty_Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Honestly, there is a small pool of breeders that all hatcheries get their eggs from.

    So what you want to do is go with the cheapest and closest. I think the closest hatchery to you would be in Texas... I'm not sure though.
     
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  7. obsessed

    obsessed Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dang, I didn't know the McMurray was expensive for meat birds. I didn't actually price check either. I though they were all the same price..... Going to have to pay more attention next time....
     
  8. bigdog

    bigdog Out Of The Brooder

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    Unless there is a hatchery I didn't find in my search - McMurray is very comparably priced for meat birds, at least when you order 25. I ordered some from JM last year and they were more than McMurray I believe.
     
  9. dadof4

    dadof4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just my two-cents. The chicks I got from McMurray last year where really nice and healthy. I didn't loose a one even during a hot and humid Mississippi summer. I found that they where comp. to most other places. I did order from them again and they should be here Monday or so.
     

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