Experiment-Dark Cornish/Barred Rock crosses

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by redneck, May 12, 2008.

  1. redneck

    redneck Songster

    May 25, 2007
    I ordered a Dark Cornish rooster and 6 Barred Rock pullets. Be here June 2nd. I know the growth rate will be far slower the the Cornish X's. I am just wondering if anyone has experimented with this cross before?
    Also, what other crosses has anyone experimented with? What kind of luck did you have with the crosses. Any input would be appreciated.
  2. mmajw

    mmajw Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
    Are you raising the Cornish X for meat or try to keep them for layers?

    When I have my meat and layers together it is only for about 2 weeks then they get seperate pens and runs. The Cornish X get stinky and eat more and require more cleaning out than layers.
  3. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    Quote:Yup! I have done Dark Cornish X:

    Barred Rock
    Speckled Sussex
    Black Sex Link
    Freedom Ranger

    If I had the birds, I'd also do Dorking.

    I find them good eating birds, better than eating purebred cockrels. They grow much faster then purebreds as well. They don't get as meaty as an industrial Cornish Cross would, but their growth rate keeps up very well side-by-side with my Freedom Rangers.
  4. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

    Sep 20, 2007
    Northeast Texas
    I've done it, accidentally. Barred rock hen went off and brooded a batch of eggs, ended up with 6 pullets and 5 cockerels. The boys are big and thick, should have some good meat to them. They're about 6 months old now. I probably could have processed them at 4 or 5 months but I wanted to see how they grew out. I sold the girls as layers. They were laying an interesting assortment of tinted to brown eggs. They'll be sex-links, so the girls are solid black, boys are barred (will have yellow head spots as chicks). They are all cushion/pea combed.

    I have some pictures, I'll have to dig them up.
  5. redneck

    redneck Songster

    May 25, 2007
    mmajw........ I will be raising the Cornish X's for meat. I will keep the Barred Rocks for eggs when I am not hatching the X's. Sort of my dual purpose flock.
    I won't be keeping the X's with my layers. The X's will be in a hoop house.
    Last edited: May 12, 2008

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