Dark Cornish

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Salt and Light, Dec 26, 2009.

  1. Salt and Light

    Salt and Light Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've raised X-rocks and Colored Range Broilers. I was reading about Dark Cornish and am wondering about their qualities with regards to meat and egg production.

    Will 25 straight-run birds be enough to maintain a viable population of egg/meat producers for a family of four?
     
  2. Buster52

    Buster52 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I'm only part way through my DC experiment, so my input will be incomplete.

    Dark Cornish will take much longer to grow out than either of the hybrids you have raised, and the first batch will not be anywhere near the size of those birds. I just butchered half of my 20 week old DCs and their size left something to be desired. However, while smaller than the RIRs and Buff Oprington that I raised at the same time, their breast meat was far more substantial comparatively speaking and the texture and taste much better.

    The size was a little deceiving, though, because I kept out the largest for my laying/parent flock because I'm trying to build onto their size. Plan is to keep these 9 hens and 3 roosters (one of them is extra for insurance, in case something happens to one) and hatch out a week's worth of eggs at a time, which should be close to around 50 per batch. Then skip a week, collecting those eggs for consumption, then another week for hatching, etc. I don't think it will require 25 birds to keep a family of four in eggs and meat, but I guess that would depend on your consumption level.

    Guess I'm saying 25 would be a bit high in my view, but it would certainly do the job.

    I will let the board know whether my scheme works in the spring and summer, though.
     
  3. mmwb

    mmwb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We raised dark cornishes this year. They were as large as the standard cornish x's we've raised in the past, but take longer to get there. We only lost one out of 25 (it was crushed under a feeder when a few days old), and didn't limit their food. Plan on a few extra weeks to put the meat on. We never keep them to lay so I can't say about egg production.
     
  4. Salt and Light

    Salt and Light Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the replies. One thing I am wanting to really know is about using Dark Cornish for a sustainable flock of both meat and egg producers. In my "dream", I would like to stop buying meat and egg birds several times a year. Along this line, how do I incubate eggs? Do I just leave it to the hens or is it best to get an incubator. Lots to learn here!! <LOL>
     

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