Cornish

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by fowlafoot, Apr 29, 2008.

  1. fowlafoot

    fowlafoot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I recently ordered White Laced Red Cornish. I read quite a bit about their origins but nothing had much info on their personalities. I read that they don't do well as free range but the one person I've found who raises them locally said that her's do great you just need to supplement their food and not rely on their ability to forage... any other owners with feedback on raising Cornish?
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Never had regular cornish, but I would think they act just like regular chickens and should always have a regular supply of feed like any others they can choose to eat.
     
  3. farm_mom

    farm_mom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've raised Dark Cornish and they acted just like my Buff Orpingtons, perhaps a bit more skittish than the BO's. They'll forage for food, but I did always keep feed available too. Good Luck!
     
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  4. M.J

    M.J Chillin' With My Peeps

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    okay i raise btm cornishes and its great for them to forage they actually need the exercise so free roaming is great for them but you do need to keep an eye on their diet for they do get weight isues that have an effect on their health
    if you have any other questions about them you can pm me and i will try and answer you

    MJ
     
  5. M.J

    M.J Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ow also another problem with cornishes they don't have the ability because of there stature to properly clean them selves so you need to keep an eye out for them because they get lice and mites and such very easly
     
  6. hooligan

    hooligan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have heard they are very curious and people friendly. I would love to have a 'regular' Cornish one day I think they are adorable.
    Have you read this: http://feathersite.com/Poultry/CGA/Cornish/BRKCornish.html


    Although it is known in some areas as the Indian Game, the Cornish was actually developed in Cornwall, England. Asil, Old English Games, and Malays are included in its heritage. It is a "hard feathered" breed, with a plumage that sits very close to the body, and it carries a small pea comb.

    The Cornish is a very sturdy bird. From the front its fairly short strong legs should be set widely apart. It is a heavy bird, with a wide breast, and the males may reach 10 1/2 pounds. More so than in most breeds of chicken, body conformation is the same in both sexes.

    The poultry industry is heavily dependent upon this bird. Most broilers in the supermarket are the result of a cross between a White Cornish and a White Plymouth Rock. These Cornish/Rock crosses are the mainstay of the poultry industry. Be aware, however, that you can't just cross any Cornish and Rock and get a supermarket carcass. The parental lines of these crosses have been developed extensively over the years by the commercial industry.

    http://www.dtbcentre.co.uk/cornish.htm
     
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  7. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    I have Dark Cornish hens as part of my laying flock. They forage farther and fly higher than any other of my girls. I love them. Their eggs are a pale brown and medium size, similar to a Sussex egg (although the Sussex is more large than medium sized).

    Their erect stance means guests often point to them first asking what they are. They do seem to have a slightly feral nature to them. But, I have nothing but good things to say about Cornish (or Indian Game as we like to call them).

    I guess my only complaint is that I use a Dark Cornish sire and he's nowhere near the 10.5 lb listed as breed standard. I need to hatch a clutch of cornish to get a larger sire for mymeat bird crops.
     
  8. fowlafoot

    fowlafoot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for all the replies... I raise Aseel which were used to create the Cornish but I didn't want to assume that they would be too much alike. My Aseel have very distinctive personalities, my hen feathered rooster always tries to entice me to eat his food with him. Although we have penned chickens I like to free range as much of my flock as possible. They seem much happier and healthier and so far only one breed is bad about not coming back to the barn to roost and lay but they do well on their own.
     

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