I want to grow the WORLD RECORD cornish cross in size and weight

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by johnscalido, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. johnscalido

    johnscalido In the Brooder

    Jun 9, 2010
    I am not sure if this is at all possible but I am sure that the experts on BYC can answer my question. I would like to grow very big cornish crosses. I want to achieve 33 pounds! if that is at all possible. Has anyone tried this before. I know about all the side-effects associated with my task such as the big birds going down on their legs, heart attacks and etc. However I am confident that I can achieve a very big bird. I want to start my own domain www.BIGBIRDIES.com to show everyone that I am serious.[​IMG]
  2. johnscalido

    johnscalido In the Brooder

    Jun 9, 2010
    Okay what about 24 pounds per bird. I have 10 Cornish crosses and I bought them as chicks on the 25th May 2010. They should have an average weight of about 15 pounds by now. I know it might sound impossible but at the rate of 2 pounds per week I should reach my target weight soon. I have also noticed something. It seems that their legs give in quickest. I am only feeding them once a day. But when I feed them I make sure that they have more than enough. I also have two seperate feeders so that competition between the bigger birds are marginalised and it gives the smaller birds a chance to feed. I let them free range to feed on grass and cloves. The reason why I feel that witholding feed is a good idea is because I want to give them a chance to strenghten their legs in order to carry their immense weight. What do you guys think. Also I hope that I wont spoil the meat after processing. I still want tender juicy meat. Is it at all possible.
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2010
  3. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    Anything is possible...but I doubt that encouraging a bird to that size is a pleasant life for the bird. I would say that your bird will no longer be walking and will have sores on its breast before you achieve 25 lbs.

    Mine were free ranged and fed only once per day, not on high protein feeds. They were about 10 lbs at processing time and they were already limited in their mobility. They could walk and even run, but more often would lie down in the grass for most of the day.

    Not to be a killjoy but I see no merit in your experiment, so I won't wish you good luck....only good common sense. [​IMG]
  4. crperdue

    crperdue Songster

    Oct 30, 2008
    Lake Waccamaw, NC
    I bet you would not only have the record for biggest cornish X,
    but also be the 1st to perform a heart cath and put a stint in
    a chicken. That's probably what it would take.
  5. chickerdoodle

    chickerdoodle Songster

    Aug 21, 2009
    I have to agree with beekissed in this instance. Unless this can be done without being cruel to the chicken then don't do it just for pride or profit. These are are living, sentient beings and already live tortured lives when raised in the "mega" growing houses and slaughter houses. [​IMG]

    Look for ways to let them have better lives for the short time before we have them for dinner--now that's something to strive for! [​IMG]
  6. Highlander

    Highlander Tartan Terror

    Oct 1, 2008
  7. uhuh555

    uhuh555 Songster

    Oct 18, 2009
    I have a 26 pound 4 ounce cornish x (Big Boy). He is 14 weeks old yesterday. He crows and mounts turkeys that are laying down to rest. When they stand up he usually falls off and starts to run like crazy because he knows that turkey is going to chase him around the 1/2 acre pen at least once. He always out runs them because he is able to run through the flock of turkeys to lose the purser (maybe the purser looses interest--who knows).

    Last year we kept 25 cornish x (cockerels) to see how big they would get; average dressed weight was 17 pound 2 ounces; the largest being 20 pounds 7 ounces. So, 33 pounds live weight is not out the question if adequate exercise and nutrition were given during their whole life.

    The official record is 23 pounds 3 ounces--the weight was verified by a veterinary clinic scale years ago (probably no more accurate than most digital ones currently available). Can’t remember the gentleman’s name but he lived in Australia, the breed was a White Sully (developed in California), which is close to the modern cornish x. It was about 20 or so years ago.

    Good luck!!
  8. silkieroo

    silkieroo Songster

    Apr 14, 2010
    Durham NH
    Now i don't want to spark a war but i don't think hes doing any thing to bad it sounds like at least right now they have a good life... Just make sure you don't go overboard and compromise there happinesss/ health. But thats just me. [​IMG]
  9. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Quote:Agreed. A more worthy goal.
  10. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan
    Hey guys... This is an interesting and probably controversial topic but it needs to stay civil. There's nothing wrong with disagreeing, but tact and civility are required.

    Just a few reminders from the rules:

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