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dead cornish x

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by rypie13, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. rypie13

    rypie13 In the Brooder

    Jun 6, 2008
    our lot of 20 corn x are 8 weeks this thurs. last week we had 1 die and then today another we weighed this one and it was 8 lb. just hoping for some insight as to why this might be happenning and if we should process this weekend. we were hoping to get another week or 2
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    You are seeing the natural progression of the meat birds. They reach a point when their internal organs can't sustain their growth. They often begin to die from stress and related problems that cause a heart attack.
  3. bluebirdfarm

    bluebirdfarm Songster

    wow , 8 pounds, i would process them this week end !
    anyway , u had better get busy !
    I processed mine at 7 weeks and they were starting to have problems , most were around 5 pounds.
  4. americana-chick

    americana-chick Songster

    Jun 18, 2008
    i am soooooo worried! i was supose to get 3 buff orps but axcidently grabbed a cornish or cornish x rock and i am sooooo worried that the little guy/girl will die early and i dont know if i can handle that! and in 10 weeks i will be off on a vacation do they usually die befor 10 weeks old if cornish x rock? i sure hope not i want this little chickie to live a whole chickie life.
  5. Cason

    Cason Songster

    Those CornishX just look for a place to die!
  6. spook

    spook Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    North Central Florida
    Um, Ameri, why did you pick out a Cornish X to live out a natural life? Their life expectancy is 10 weeks. I had 2 with aneurysm's and would have died shortly.
    Have you been restricting feed? They put on weight because they cannot stop eating...[​IMG]
  7. LauraSBale

    LauraSBale Songster

    We just raised our own meat, there were white mountain Rock, i killed 4 of them by over feeding, i was give them feed 24/7.
    then i found out after 2 weeks age you give them 12 on 12 off, and none died after that. I was over feeding, and gave them heart attacks.
  8. rypie13

    rypie13 In the Brooder

    Jun 6, 2008
    I have read messages by people who support either free choice, or restricted. We tried to restrict the food after two weeks. I had a hard time with their behavior when the food was placed again. They rushed the food and then would eat until they were tipping over because of the stuffed whatever it is that makes the one breast bulge out. I have no expierience I admit, but I don't understand how either way is very healthy really. To be honest, I am not sure at all how I feel about these birds. I understand it is what I buy in the store- but their whole exsistance is disturbing to say the least. I am hoping for great tasting chicken, because my hubby is very excited! [​IMG]

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