I admit it; from the first time I laid eyes on those adorably fluffy yellow baby chicks in the TSC Chock Days bins, I wanted one of them. But then the lady working in the section of the store explained to me that these extra chubby yellow cities were Cornish Rocks - bred for one thing only, which is to grow to the age of 6-8 weeks before being butchered for the freezer. Well, since I raise my hens as garden pets and egg producers, a meat bird wasn't really what I needed. But I couldn't get these adorable Cornish Rock chicks out of my head, so over the last six months I've done all the reading I can on the breed and I decided to try to raise one or two as pets/layers. My plan is to feed them a lower cal diet and also make sure they get plenty of foraging time with my other hens. Plus I'll make sure there's plenty of shade for them in the hot weather. So this week I took the plunge and brought home three straight run Cornish X chicks from TSC. At 4 or 5 days old theiy're already the same size as my 10 day old Barred Rock pullet. Hopefully I'll get at least one pullet of the three and the roo(s) will go to a friend's farm where they do butcher their own. So my goal is to find out whether I can grow a healthy, longer lived Cornish Cross hen as a pet and layer, and for those who are interested, I will be chronicling my adventures in Cornish X-raising over on my blog: http://backyardfarmer101.com/cornishrocks/ We'll see how it goes. For now the three Cornish Rocks are just as active as the other chicks I'm raising right now, and I notice no food hoarding or anything like that. Plus they really are just the cutest, fat little yellow baby chicks I've about ever seen.