Has Anyone tried a Cornish Turken Cross?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by TruthHunter, Oct 14, 2009.

  1. TruthHunter

    TruthHunter Out Of The Brooder

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    I notice that Turkens are considered to be fairly good dual purpose
    birds. The naked neck gene is dominant so it would probably be
    easy to get a naked neck Cornish. The Cornish tend to have a Popped two buttons look anyway.
    Here in the deeeeep south its mostly hot with occasional spring days
    in "winter" so a lightly dressed chicken makes sense.
    I wonder if commercial chicken breeding isn't a bit conservative. You'd think broiler crosses would have adopted the less feathered Turken style.

    I first saw
    Turkens in South America and didn't know it was genetics. I thought
    they had some strange tropical disease!
    With their sunburned necks they are truly "Rednecked" chickens
     
  2. Brunty_Farms

    Brunty_Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. TruthHunter

    TruthHunter Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the Hubbard Farms link...A very interesting site

    As for the Turken Line, it looks like it might be a slow grow selection.
     
  4. Royal Silkies

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    I have some nice chicks here in mexico "Dark Cornish x Turken"

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  6. Kev

    Kev Overrun With Chickens

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    I live in an area with extreme summer temps- 110-120F.

    Years ago the group of show stock bred cornish, the kind that are truly, broad, massive and squat, not the hatchery stock kind. They had problems with the summer time heat, with heat strokes especially in the roosters.

    Crossed naked neck with them then bred naked necked ones back to pure show cornish.. they tolerated the heat much better.
     
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