Is this "normal"?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by SHELLY, Sep 17, 2007.

  1. SHELLY

    SHELLY Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought ten cornishx's last Sunday. In a weeks time they have doubled in weight. Yeah! However, I notced last night that they are growing lopsided. All of them seem to be growing a bump on the right side of their breast. I have never had cornishx before so is this "normal"? Is this how they grow and is it kinda weird because they grow so fast? Please see my pics and I hope you can see what I'm talking about.

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  2. Catalina

    Catalina Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it their crop?
     
  3. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    completely normal

    next, they will be outgrowing their feathers and will be bald half the time
     
  4. joanc

    joanc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Normal--I had 2 batches this year of cornish X and all 70+ looked like that as they were developing. Partially bald too. They do grow very fast and as they get to the 5-6 week range they can get to be very slow-moving, that's when their tummy feathers keep more intact with the ground/floor.
    If you have any layer breeds make sure to keep them separated as the layers will peck (and possibly kill) the meat birds. Also, take their food away at night. Don't give them access to food 24/7 as they will gorge themselves to death.
    Cornish X are susceptible to heart attacks and strokes, so overeating will contribute to those vulnerabilities.
    Good luck--ours taste great, much much better flavor and texture than store-bought. We are also selling them after we processed them and have many repeat customers.
     
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    What you are seeing are very full crops. They eat and eat and eat so that's what they store it all in. As stated, they are prone to leg problems and heat strokes.

    I raise them in groups of 4 with a few layers at the same time with no problems. They get food day round without restriction and do fine, although if you start to see leg problems, restriction may be good but does slow down their growth rate a bit. Good luck! Don't worry if they look bald either... it's normal for thoes little feathered pigs.
     
  6. SHELLY

    SHELLY Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you everyone for your responses. At first I thought it was the crop, but it is hard. Not like rock hard, but like muscle hard. Guess it could be a full crop.[​IMG]

    I do take the feeder out at night. I read that in Backyard Poultry magazine before I read to give them feed 24/7 in the Storey's guide to poultry. Glad I did that. They are already out growing their feathers. I can easily see their joints (elbows, shoulders, etc.) where I didn't notice that with my layers.
     
  7. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    You should give them some baby grit. It will help them digest the food that is in their crop and it won't be rock hard.
     
  8. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    If you are only feeding chick starter, they do not need grit. I also wanted to mention that they should really have free access to feed for the first 2-3 weeks, then start rationing. Works well for us and the chicks need the nutrition in their early growth.

    Jody
     
  9. homecatmom

    homecatmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    It sounds like the Cornish X's are eating, pooping machines! You can probably watch them grow![​IMG]
     

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