Cornish X with black feathers?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by blueskylen, May 2, 2011.

  1. blueskylen

    blueskylen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hi,

    i've been raising cornish x for 4 years now, and this is the first year that i received any that didn't feather out pure white. this year there are several of my 40 with a small amount of black feathers - a few spread here or there on their bodies. i am wondering what breed might have been used ?
     
  2. Sundown_Farmer

    Sundown_Farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sure they're not packing peanuts? (CX with black ink on them thrown in extra)
     
  3. Neil Grassbaugh

    Neil Grassbaugh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The Cobb-Vantress strains of broiler chickens quite often have black, and red, flecking in the feater pigmentation. It is a marker of the product.
    Cobb-Vantress is owned by Tyson so nearly all of the birds they raise are colored a bit and so are the many they sell to others.
    Not a thing to worry about. They have the genetic capability to perform very well.
     
  4. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    Where did you get them from? I also got a couple with a few black feathers this year. I have never had that is 12 yrs of raising them. I got mine from Mt. Healthy for the first time this year. They are doing fine at four weeks they are weighing 4lbs 1 oz. [​IMG]
     
  5. DogandPonyShow

    DogandPonyShow Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a roo from Meyer with a few black smudges that have been there since I got him. He was the biggest for the first two weeks until a different one took the lead!
     
  6. blueskylen

    blueskylen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I Purchased them from Meyers - they are growing and filling out great and will be going to the processor on May 16th. Actually sending them a bit earlier than 8 weeks because they are doing so well, and don't want them to get too big and maybe have fluid in the cavity. have cut down on their feed - 12 hrs on 12 hrs off - since they were 2 weeks and have still had this good growth. we are very pleased with them, just got confused by the colored feathers and wondered how they were bred.

    thanks!
     

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