Cornish game hens or Cornish Cross?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by feathers4fun, Sep 26, 2010.

  1. feathers4fun

    feathers4fun Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I recently bought some white cornish game birds, my question is are they able to reproduce? I have read that they are immature cornish cross in several venues but I have raised the cornish cross and these are not 2.5 or 3 week old meat birds they look like bantam white cornish not the cornish cross. any info would help Thanks
     
  2. EricH

    EricH Chillin' With My Peeps

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    maybe you have bantam white cornish chickens? you said youve raised frankenchicks before, so im sure you know about their growth rate.

    but if they are just bantam standard cornish, then yes they'll reproduce.
     
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  3. SteveH

    SteveH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 10, 2009
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    May I ask where you purchased them from ? The little " Cornish game hens " at the grocer store are simply CX processed early . If you ordered from a hatchery they may be CX pullets promoted as game hens ; if purchased privately its hard to say . Pics might help us identify them [​IMG]
    ETA : CX can reproduce , but its better to control their feed consumption if you intend to try
     
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  4. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
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    it sounds to me like they bought some cornish
     
  5. feathers4fun

    feathers4fun Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will get some photos of them tomorrow and post them. Just a thought here but the cornish game hens I have eaten in the past are definitely not the immature cornish cross meat birds I have raised they were finer boned and built more like what I recently bought and yes they were from a private party but i got them from a chicken auction. I will say 30 years ago or so I would go catch chickens in the big commercial barns at night for extra cash and I do remember catching these small white birds that could fly really well and was told they were cornish game hens. I am leaning toward cornish bantams but maybe a few more hits after I post some pics will help.
     
  6. MMPoultryFarms

    MMPoultryFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2010
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    If they dont put on aprox 0.9 lbs per week there bantem cornish. I raise cornish x and What a Cornish Game hen is is a aprox 2 and a half to 3 week old cornish X Rock slaughtered and processed early to be as the veal of chickens.
     
  7. SteveH

    SteveH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 10, 2009
    West/Central IL
    Quote:Is it tomorrow yet ? I've got some things I'm going to do tomorrow also . [​IMG]
    Just jokin wit ya
     
  8. feathers4fun

    feathers4fun Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry about the wait I did some research and I am convinced they are cornish bantams they are all white and they fit the description. They do talk alot especially right at roost.
     
  9. DIYSeattle

    DIYSeattle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Has anyone raised the bantams for meat? I know they arent as big as the reg cornish, and no where near cornish X. They are bigger than quail though. Do they put on weight comparable to quail? Quail only get about less than a pound dont they, and can be processed at 6 weeks or a month. Any thoughts on bantam cornish instead of quail?
     
  10. feathers4fun

    feathers4fun Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Everyone seems to say that the cornish game hens in the store are immature cornish cross but the ones I have bought already to eat in the stores do not look like the meat birds that I have raised they just dont have the bone structure or the build but that aside I have not raised the cornish bantams but the person I got them from said they are used for meat and they grow a little faster than a standard chicken.
     

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