Is This Normal?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by mtnhomechick, Sep 6, 2008.

  1. mtnhomechick

    mtnhomechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2008
    Mountain Home, AR
    I ( think ) I might have a problem raising meat chics. I have the Jumbo Cornish x and for all my labors I can't seem to keep them CLEAN. Seems they eat and poop and then lay in it. They are always dirty and I clean the run every day. I put straw down every day to give them clean bedding but it seems gross to constantly see the brown on their under belly and chest. Is this Normal? Last week I even gave them all a bath but I am right back to square one today. Am I doing something wrong here?? This is my first experience with these little zombies and I could sure use a second opinion. Thanks.
  2. FisherMOM

    FisherMOM Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2008
    Bergen, NY
    I had a cornishX once.. and this is normal for them. yuck! [​IMG]
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Very normal. I suggest giving them a another place every other day to lay around in or putting them out and forcing them to move around and use their legs more.

    They are very messy and have a very different stench. They seem to create more poop than possible. LOL
  4. mtnhomechick

    mtnhomechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2008
    Mountain Home, AR
    Unfortunately I only have one run for them. It's hard to envision eating them when they are always full of IT!! [​IMG]
  5. max13077

    max13077 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nothing like the smell of X poo. Wait till they're ready to process.... Looking at the size of the poo's, you'll think you have a run full of dogs not chickens!!! [​IMG]
  6. MaineChickens

    MaineChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2008
    I was in the same boat as you, having mine in one stationary pen and they were gross. Towards the end of the time I had them, I moved some into a chicken tractor and moved it every day. They were cleaner, but still not clean like laying hens. They are just the slobs of the chicken world. Nothing you are doing wrong.

    I had an offer from my mom to help me with plucking, but I didn't take her up on it, because I think if she saw how gross they were, she would have decided not to eat them!

    I am going to try some of the slower growers next year.
  7. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    Quote:One solution may be to make a portable run that you can move around the yard. I have a book with a good illustration of such a pen. Good luck to you. I want to do meat birds someday. Let me know how it goes for you.
  8. willheveland

    willheveland Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 29, 2008
    southern tier,NY
    Yes,they are stinkers so your really not doing anything wrong in your caring for them but,you really have to move them around,even if it is just enough to get them on fresh ground.They are built so low to the ground it's almost impossable to raise them in one spot.I think your meat will be better and you won't feel you are spending all your hard work keeping them clean.
    They are an awesome breed but can not be raised like your basic yard trotter. good luck Will
  9. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Yep, they be dirty birds. I keep mine moving around and they still end up messes when I have more than two.
  10. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    I've heard this is what makes it easy to dispatch with them when it's time.

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