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Cornish X

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by edenrice, Nov 27, 2016.

  1. edenrice

    edenrice Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 24, 2016
    How long before Cornish crosses should be butchered? I've read that they'll be matured enough to butcher within 6-8 weeks! Your opinion on when it's time?
  2. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

    Nov 4, 2014
    East Tennessee.
    We always butchered ours around 8 weeks. Anytime between 6 and 10 weeks is fine though, depending on how big you want them to be.
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    6-8 weeks is conventional.

    If you restrict feed and encourage activity, you can take them a bit longer and get a larger bird. Some folks want bigger birds, some don't.

    You do run the risk of sudden deaths the longer you take them.

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