CX roo is breeding... Worth keeping him?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Amandakae, Sep 24, 2016.

  1. Amandakae

    Amandakae Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 12, 2015
    Hi, we had a few chickens that got stunted while young and we are ready to butcher them now, but one of the roosters has started mating with my hens. My question is, if a Cornish Cross mates with a black Moran or Rhode Island red, will the resulting chicks be dual purpose or fast growing meet chicks? I really do not want chicks that grow slowly.

    Also, I have noticed that my hens are losing feathers on their backs. Could this be from our regular rooster being too rough? It's not from the Cornish Cross because he just now started mating them and this has been going on for a little while. I will try to get pics asap
  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Flock Master Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    Cornish cross aren't bred to have a long life. I'm afraid if you keep him, he'll develop health problems that would result in him dying anyway. Since they are a hybrid, I'm not sure how a chick from a Cornish cross and a laying hen would grow.

    Depending on how old your hens are, the baldness on their backs could be from molting.
  3. Hay Belly

    Hay Belly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2010
    bobbi, she's not keeping him, she wanted to know what the chicks would be like.

    I'm sure the chicks will not be fast-growing but it'd be interesting what you would get.
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