How old do people typically raise pan fryers and Cornish cross

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by MeyersFamFarm, Apr 10, 2017.

  1. MeyersFamFarm

    MeyersFamFarm Just Hatched

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    [​IMG]We just picked some up and just wanted to see the various ages people raise them too and the problems seen as they got older
     
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  2. MeyersFamFarm

    MeyersFamFarm Just Hatched

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  3. Yaychicks

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    8 weeks, no later than 12 weeks.
     
  4. PapaBear4

    PapaBear4 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm not actually sure what the difference between pan fryers and cornish cross are. I kind of thought that maybe they were the same thing, but fryers are harvested earlier. If the fryers are a different breed (like freedom rangers or something) you can let them grow a little longer without having health issues.
    As for the Cornish Cross breed, they start to have mobility problems and (from what I understand) the internal organs just can't keep up with the growth rate and they just keel over dead. Heart failure would be my guess. I helped a guy process 10 week old CX and they were HUGE. Some of them had to be getting close to 10lbs.
    I have grown Freedom Rangers and processed at 10 or 11 weeks. Average 5lb hens, 6lb roosters.
     
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  5. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm assuming the OP got some fry pan chicks (extra cockerels from the layer breeds) along with Cornish X. If that's the case the Cornish X are ready between 6-9 weeks while the fry pan cockerels are ready whenever you want to process them. They will never have the large carcass of a meat breed no matter how long you keep them, and unless you process them early (13-16 weeks) then you need to cook them differently.

    Cornish X obviously have some potential health issues as they get older but the dual purpose won't.
     
  6. birds4kids

    birds4kids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would think the issue would be the fryers need free access to food and the Cornish X need restriction.
     
  7. MeyersFamFarm

    MeyersFamFarm Just Hatched

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    Thank you everyone for the help
     
  8. birds4kids

    birds4kids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did you see this? The "fryers" wont grow well if fed like Cornish X and the Cornish X will die early if fed the way the fryers need to be.
     
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  9. MeyersFamFarm

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    The fryers are all cockerels and their a bunch of a holes might have to find a different brooder for them their pickin on my baby layers
     

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