Cornish Thread

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Jx2inNC, Sep 15, 2010.

  1. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 14, 2011
    if a hen goes broody let her hatch some babies she should be able to take care of them through the winter
  2. spangledcornish

    spangledcornish Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 4, 2009
    Southwest, WI
    I have often thought about this why not spend a little extra on getting quality breeder birds and hatching out chicks for the season, to me you are giving yourself the original breeders and more to choose from in the fall than if you buy a doz eggs and have even ten of them hatch out and not be able to really select birds until your second year. If the answer is cost I would sill think it is cheaper over the course of the year to have breeders in the fall to spring and have extras to sell in the next fall. For us we spent $150 to get a trio of WLR this year, we hatched and raised around 30 chicks. We kept back 5 more pullets, 2 more ckls and sold about 15 bird from any where between $15-20 a bird and have a couple more that may still end up in the freezer . this made up the cost for the original trio and going into the second year, I now have a flock of 7 females and 3 males going into year two, giving me 10 quality breeders vs. what i may have got out of doz eggs that i may have paid $40 for.

    Just some food for thought.
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  3. animalsRawesome

    animalsRawesome Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2011
  4. Schipperkesue

    Schipperkesue Out Of The Brooder

    I willl take this one further. Most serious breeders I know with quality stock will NOT sell hatching eggs. Their reputation as a breeder is on the line and they will not let any birds go that are less than the quality they want to be seen, shown and reproduced.

    In other words, the only way to get the best quality birds is to buy adults.
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  5. Minniechickmama

    Minniechickmama Senora Pollo Loco

    Sep 4, 2009
    I think you will probably find this to be true moreso with Cornish than any other breed out there. If a breeder has good quality, they tend to keep it for themselves rather than chance selling to someone who will just make a mess of things and attach the original breeder's name to it. Some I am sure just do it to prevent competition, but I think more fit in the former group.
  6. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 14, 2011
    i more or less want a few for my kids to show in 4-h but want to try to avoid buying from a hatchery and i also like raising my own from chicks to socialize to the cats and dogs along with getting used to being handled by the kids. the over all winner (best in show) at the fair this year was a bantam dark cornish and the reserve was a rir.

    the rir

    the cornish
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2012
  7. chickened

    chickened Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 2, 2010
    western Oregon
    The best way for a beginner to get quality birds is to join the ICBA and talk with the club members. Most are very freindly, helpful and eager to help a beginner get some quality birds. It took me years to find good quality birds and they were not cheap. Anyone who really has raised quality birds knows that cornish quality can be lost very quickly and a really good bird takes a lot of culls but there are tips that can be used when breeding that have nothing to do with the choice of birds to use but more with the methods of breeding and these things are invaluable and true... I have done it after being told by a few great cornish breeders. The best rooster I ever owned I paid 12.00 for at a pigeonhole auction in rural oregon and my best hen was 150.00 from a well know breeder and she was a proven show winner and my timing on her was sheer luck.

    I sell eggs here on BYC and other sites some are from my DC pen and they are quality birds but are random selection and this give people at least a chance at great birds or simply a foundation to build on. I do not sell by specific matings eggs... there is a difference.
  8. Lacey1988

    Lacey1988 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2011
    Turtle is seven months (I think)...He just started crowing like five days ago...My question is are cornish roos aggressive?.... how are they with the hens?

  9. triplejfarms

    triplejfarms Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 7, 2011
    hi schipperkesue !! i see you are here as well, this forum is a lil more happening and i find it more informative than the canadian ones we have! LOL [​IMG] esp with the cornish as not many people have them here!
  10. Schipperkesue

    Schipperkesue Out Of The Brooder

    Well, hi there Triple J! You and I may be battling it out at the next show! I just got some pretty nice LF white Cornish! I will try to get some pictures tomorrow. Only problem....they come from a breeder that has his coop at 15 degrees Celsius. Needless to say they are in the basement right now. We are expecting some - 20 nights this week. Not the time to acclimatize them!

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