I know Cornish x is good, what about Cornish roasters?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Milliemay, May 8, 2009.

  1. Milliemay

    Milliemay Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2009
    Southwest Wisconsin
    Anyone ever try the Cornish Roaster? I am ready to order meat chickens, and was wondering if anyone has tried the roasters? They are supposed to not have as many leg problems, they take about 12 weeks to finish. Just wondering...or is Cornish x's the way to go?

  2. cassie

    cassie Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 19, 2009
    If you are ordering from MM, why not just get the BBQ Special? It is cheaper than specifying Cornish Roasters or Jumbo Cornish. It may be one or the other or a mixture of both. If you feed broiler or turkey food, put out feed for 12 hours and take it away for 12, and put Broiler Booster in the water, you shouldn't have much trouble with either the Roasters or the Jumbo cornish.
  3. Fuzzbot

    Fuzzbot Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 28, 2009
    Branchport, NY
    I've got Cornish Roasters right now. This is my first time raising them and they're only 2 weeks old so I can't say how they'll end up. However, they're growing like crazy! I called MM and asked on this forum and the consensus was to restrict feed just like with the Cornish x, so I'm not sure that you'd avoid leg problems using this breed (without precautions).
    They aren't very smelly which is a good thing as we have 26 in the house. I don't know how they'd compare to the Cornish x.
    I agree with Cassie, it may be a good bet to get the barbecue special, then you can see which breed you like best.
    If you're not ordering them right away, I can give you an update on how long it took them to get to butchering weight, health issues etc. when mine finish up...
  4. Milliemay

    Milliemay Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2009
    Southwest Wisconsin
    Thanks, that'd be great. I won't be doing meatys until closer to June. My layers are coming first. I saw some cornish x's at TSC, they were only a few weeks old, and already growing like crazy. I read another post on here about certain feeds possibly making them stinkier than others......this is all new to me, so this forum is a great help![​IMG]
  5. willheveland

    willheveland Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 29, 2008
    southern tier,NY
    You'll like them,if you keep them the 10-12 weeks they will be a beautiful size roasting bird. I've raised them and I was very happy with the results. Will

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