Cornish X - Laying like a champ!

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by aoxa, Dec 7, 2013.

  1. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    I always hear that Cornish X's can not reach breeding age. Well fortunately for Big Bertha, here they can. She was hatched on June 28th and started laying at 18 weeks old. She now lays regularly 4-5 days a week.

    Also gives us the biggest egg. We average 20 eggs a day right now, as most are just starting up - but the biggest egg in 20 is impressive to me. She is also competing against the Red Sex Links, so it is no easy feat to give the biggest egg!

    Here she is laying her egg this morning.

    Here it is next to a golf ball and a medium egg.

    We raised them differently than 99% of the CX out there, so she is able to reach this milestone. I realize that she will not breed true, but we are going to test breed her with a heritage Silver Pencilled Rock cock. He is the largest and fastest grower we have that is heritage.

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  2. Ekim

    Ekim Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 24, 2013
    Portland Or.
    Hello aoxa,

    I love hearing about cornish cross projects. I'm curious, do you know which brand-name Big Bertha came from? cobb 500? or whatever?

    Thanks mike
  3. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens


    She came from a local hatchery. We are in Canada, so I doubt we have the same strains as the USA. Here we call them Meat Kings. They are a Cornish cross.

    I bought them at the Co-Op feed store, and that's the extent of what I know about the strain. They did say it was a local hatchery that does not sell eggs to individuals
  4. Wonderful! Good luck with the breeding. I would love to see any chicks she produces.
  5. ChocolateMouse

    ChocolateMouse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2013
    Cleveland OH
    Oooh! Good luck! If it goes well or not let us know! I am really interested!
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2013
  6. LilRedRoo

    LilRedRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 19, 2013
    Bremond, Texas
    This is encouraging. Melinda (my wife) has taken a liking to three of our broilers and has asked me to "pretty please" not butcher them. One is a cockerel for sure, but if the other two are pullets then it looks like I may be able to keep at least those two afterall. The rest are specifically for food.

    Since looking at some of your videos I have cut back significantly on the feed and let them out with the layer flock...and much to my surprise they seem to actually PREFER scratching around and free ranging. How cool is that... They are "red broilers" so already a slower grower than the white CX, so I am hopeful that we've changed their diets in time. I love to be able to eat my meals knowing that they are pasture fed/garden grown meals. It doesn't always work out that way, but it's fun to strive for.
  7. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    So glad you decided to cut back and let them really range with other chickens. They do better if they are raised with heritage birds. Seem to understand how to roost, scratch and forage better that way.
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  8. knjinnm

    knjinnm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2010
    Sandia Park, NM
    Any chicks from Big Bertha yet?
  9. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Yep, they are 6 weeks here :)





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  10. Baybrio

    Baybrio Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 11, 2008
    Poplar Grove, IL
    They look great!

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