Cornish Game Hens?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by First-time-raising, Nov 14, 2007.

  1. First-time-raising

    First-time-raising Out Of The Brooder

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    Has anyone here ever bought the Cornish Game Hens from Murray McMurray? Heres the link

    http://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/product/cornish_game_hens.html

    Just wonderin if the carry the same problems as the Cornish X Rocks I see that you bucther them at 2- 2 1/2 lbs so I'm guessing they don't get the leg problems that the Full size X Rocks get

    Love to get anyones info about them.

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  2. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    McMurray's description says they're sexed Cornish X Rocks, so that you get pullets (what they call their Cornish Game Hens). Kind of misleading because there are regular Cornish breeds, sometimes called Indian Game Birds. I have some of the dark cornish breed, they're definitely not what I would call a broiler. They're nice looking birds, and could probably dress out at an easy 6 to 8 lbs. I bought them as straight run chicks from a store that gets their birds from Ideal Poultry. Here's a few pictures:

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  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Yeah, they are just cornish x girls butchered at 4-5 weeks old.
     
  4. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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  5. First-time-raising

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    Quote:Did you buy them for Meat, Eggs , or pets?
     
  6. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    Quote:I bought them out of the straight run bin, so I really didn't know what I was getting at first. I was rather suprised to learn what they are.

    I now have plans to breed them for meat. Since they haven't gone broody, I'll probably have to hatch eggs myself. That's in my plan for next year. I believe they've just started laying eggs, so whatever they lay for now will be for eating until the spring of next year.

    They were never really for "pets", especially since I have two more roosters than I need for the purpose and we're going to cull them for their meat.

    Edited to say, I guess I'm using them as duel purpose birds (meat and eggs). However, they are not my primary layers. For that I have a black star (black sex-link), barred rocks, rhode island reds, a buff orpington (I think), and ameraucanas/EEs.
     
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  7. greyfields

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    It is the exact same bird which is the Jumbo Cornish Cross they sell.

    Back in the old days, a Cornish Game Hen would have been a Dark or White Cornish raised to 2-2.5 lbs live weight. I'm not even sure they were always hens, because at that age you would not be able to tell them apart.
     

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