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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Jx2inNC, Sep 15, 2010.
And here you just live down the road from me, TJ!
I'm left with the best of my DC being killed by a badger, the best 3 were under the WC during spring breeding, then killed along with the cockerel when put under a dark..It set my dark line back but got my white line off to a good start. My back-up DC male was lost to heat in June, so the WC got my those three remaining DC females of breeding age this fall. The male in the background that is jubilee in appearance is my back-up male in that color, his brother being a bit heavier boned, and both will be larger and wider than their sire. [Probably already are.] They should sire a percentage of solid white, solid black, and who knows what else. I need to get another picture of the black cockerel that I kept, I liked him anyway but he's been a late developer and getting much heavier boned than I thought he was going to be. At six months that small headed pullet [on the roost in his pen] is still terrible headed but already the size of her daddy. I have 25 chicks from those three dark hens and him that were hatched this fall................... plus some older pullets from my last two hatchery type Cornish and him just before I culled them. [I threw them in with him because they kept laying after the better birds were killed or shut down due to heat.] He even has one muffed, white daughter in my project pen that will be a blue/green egg layer. LOL Since so many newbies want Cornish hatching eggs, I'll put those with hatchery blood under a better cockerel next year for 'starter flock' hatching eggs. I bought numbered leg bands to keep things straight and need to get them on soon. Those pullets are 3/4 breeder and 1/4 hatchery blood, and should produce nice chicks off a quality male.
Your white's done a good job for me for sure and grateful to you for him.
We have had snottiness here also......................and I have to confess that I've added to it a lot more than I would like to have. Thanks for the kind words.
thats o.k from what i have read here its not as bad as others..... anyways question for anyone, what do you recommend for the best leg bands to use for your cornish? i HATE the spiral bands i always feel like i am going to bust baby chicks legs off when u use them i refuse to use them now! any recommendations? and where to get them?
I started out in the beginning using a toe punch; cheap and permanent if done right. Wish I had stayed with it, but I wasn't good at hitting the tiny little web in the center and torn webs are hard to see later. I did learn that a bit of Rawleigh's Salve applied to the hole prevents them from healing shut, as just a few would. When necessary I use nylon zip ties now, they're fairly cheap and easy to find in many sizes, so I just use a nail clipper to cut them and replace it with another as the chick grows.
I've used zip ties too. Don't care for them since you have to be really careful and watch close so they don't outgrow the band and get their foot amputated by it, but they are cheap and easy so long as you do that. I'm not a great fan of the spiral bands either but given a choice, I think they're at least a bit more forgiving than the zip ties. Just not as easy to work with.
You are the one that has done a GREAT job.
triplejfarms, it's a pretty well accepted fact that you have to be more than a little off to raise Cornish, and most of us figure it"s usually a good move to be polite when dealing with crazy people.
yea i can use zip ties, have lots of them, the spiral ones i missed on one of my marans legs opps...poor thing i felt horrible i got it off in time tho , wish they had more give in them! to bad there wasnt super thick rubber band type material ones.... hey grow so fast you have to make sure to remeber to check the bands all the time....,
isnt that true!! LMAO they remind me so much of my bulldog thats why i love them they are the big bulldog in the chicken world! they have far better personalities than the marans and ameracaunas...actually ameracaunas are my least fav of my breeds i keep...to flighty....mine are not very friendly either...
Haha!! So true! They are not for everyone.. .