Cornish X

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

  1. edenrice

    edenrice Out Of The Brooder

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    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

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    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

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    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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