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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by AtChaseFarm, Jun 6, 2012.

  1. AtChaseFarm

    AtChaseFarm Hatching

    Hi, I live in rural Ontario, Canada, in an old farmhouse with my husband. Four weeks ago we got our first chicks ever: 21 Cornish Rock Xs, meat chickens. When one got sick two weeks ago, I found really helpful information on BYC. So thanks!!

    When our CRXs were two weeks old, I noticed that one was starting to fall behind. She was growing much more slowly than the others, and she couldn't compete for food---she'd just about given up trying. So I took her out and made her a little nest in a spare pet carrier. She was almost instantly incredibly affectionate.

    After a day in the pet carrier, her legs were really weak and she was walking on her haunches. I felt so badly for her. So I held her up on her feet while she ate, and as she wanted to follow me everywhere (despite walking on her haunches), I found that if I picked up the pace a little she had to get on her feet to walk. Over the course of a few days, she became much stronger and is now very healthy and lively, and still incredibly affectionate. She has a great personality, knows her name, and is really social with people. She's eating well, but is about a third the size of the other smallest females and seems to weight nothing at all.

    So that's the background (thanks for your patience!).

    My questions are these:
    Has anyone heard of such a thing in a CRX? It's as if she's the runt of the litter, but there's no litter.
    Do you think she'll continue to be smaller, and will she be able to lay eggs?
    What's the longest you've heard of a CRX surviving?

    Thanks so much!
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Glen St Mary, Florida
  3. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing

    Dec 22, 2009
  4. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad you joined. There are some folks here that kept some CRX's for over a year but personally they are not designed to be egg layers, they are a meat bird. :thumbsup
  5. [​IMG] [​IMG] from washington state glad you joined us!
  6. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
  7. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

    Aug 26, 2011
    Hello and :welcome

    Glad to have you here! Sounds like you cared for your bird very well. Sweet story!
    I don't know anything about cornish x's, but that link that Dawg posted looks good.

    Don't hesitate to ask any questions you might have, and enjoy the site. :D
  8. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

    Aug 26, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2012
  9. sumi

    sumi Égalité

    Jun 28, 2011
    Tipperary, Ireland
    Hello and welcome to BYC! [​IMG] Good luck with your chicken.
  10. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

    Oct 3, 2011
    My Coop
    Welcome to byc. Glad you joined us.:)

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