Cornish Pets

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by olayak, Oct 10, 2018.

  1. olayak

    olayak Songster

    Jul 26, 2012
    New York

    (1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens?
    We adopted four Cornish X chicks that were in a local animal shelter and we may soon be adopting a 5th. Our chicks are now about 4 weeks old and we adopted them two weeks ago! We have other pet birds but these are our first chickens! A lot of fun and a lot to learn!
    (2) How many chickens do you have right now?
    Four, soon may be adding a 5th chick!
    (3) What breeds do you have?
    Cornish Cross! They are adorable and sweet and, yes, I know they are usually meat chickens but we don't eat meat so these are our pets.
    (4) How did you find out about
    Internet searching like crazy because I knew very little about chickens!
    (5) What are some of your other hobbies?
    I am a doctoral student of social welfare and adjunct instructor of social work, I primarily study and lecture about the human-animal bond!
    (6) Tell us about your family, your other pets, your occupation, or anything else you'd like to share.
    We have four dogs, 5 inside cats, 2 feral, outdoor, cats that adopted us, 4 pet pigeons and 2 potbellied pigs. And my patient and kind husband.
    I'm also a pediatric trauma social worker and my husband is an artist. One of our dogs is obsessed with the chickens and he just wants to take care of them all the time. It's too cute! He's not a livestock guarding breed, but I guess he decided to be a LGD! :)
    (7) Bonus: How did you find BYC, how long have you known about BYC, and what made you finally join our awesome community? :D
    I'm already addicted to having chicken companions! They are only 4 weeks old but already I am having so much fun with them! They're awesome!
  2. 007Sean

    007Sean Addict

    Oct 25, 2015
    South Central Texas
    Howdy :frow and Welcome to Backyard Chickens.

    Glad to have you here with us. Enjoy your time here at BYC!

    Thanks for joining our community! :celebrate
  3. Hope Hughes

    Hope Hughes Crossing the Road

    Apr 1, 2017
    Madison, FL
    My Coop
    :frowWelcome to BYC!

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  4. Fishkeeper

    Fishkeeper Songster

    Oct 30, 2017
    Central Texas
    Be very careful feeding those chickens. Cornish X can easily put on so much weight that they hurt themselves, they're bred to bulk up unhealthily fast.
    IMO, you should get a couple more chickens of some other breed. Having active companions will help keep yours active and healthy. Be sure they have lots to do, as well, and closely monitor their weight.
  5. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop
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  6. olayak

    olayak Songster

    Jul 26, 2012
    New York
    Yes, we are very closely monitoring their weight. And we are also realistic that they may not live long, but we will enjoy their company as long as we can :) But that is a great idea to adopt other breeds to keep them active!! I didn't think of that! Thanks! I think I'll do that!
  7. LoveMyChickenBabies

    LoveMyChickenBabies Crossing the Road

    Sep 11, 2018
    Kansas USA
    Glad you joined our flock! We are sure you'll love it here, so pull up a roost!
  8. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! :frow

    I recommend you feed them every other day. They can out grow their legs and body cavity in no time in which case you will need to put them down. Keep them ultra thin, on a diet continuously! :)

    Good luck and welcome our group! :)
  9. wyoDreamer

    wyoDreamer Crowing

    Nov 10, 2010
    NE Wisconsin
    Welcome to BYC! and good luck with your pets.

    My cornish-X chicks have always been such sweetie pies, until this year. This batch is just food crazy! they peck my hands as I try to clean their brooder and stand on my feet and peck at my legs until I put the feeder down. They try to fly up to the feeder as I carry it to "the spot" and try to fly out of the brooder when I remove teh feeder to clean and fill it. Crazy bunch this time.
    Oh yeah, and they think it is cool to stand on top of the 3 gallon waterer and poop all over it.
  10. olayak

    olayak Songster

    Jul 26, 2012
    New York
    Absolutely! Restricting their diet, low protein and giving them lots of exercise! :)

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