Life Span in Cornish White Cross

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Hucklekree, Aug 4, 2011.

  1. BirchHatchery

    BirchHatchery Songster

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    my cornish rooster Big John is 2 years old and he breeds the leghorn hens like crazy he was kept on a strict diet for first year and free ranged as much as possible today he lives with the hens and is probly 15 pounds or more and runs around and eats all the time now i started with 10 5 hens and 5 roos all the hens died and all the roos lived once the roos got around a year old they got so violent to echother you would of thought they were Gamefowl so i culled all but the biggest one
     
  2. mstricer

    mstricer Crowing

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    Not trying to sound mean but, how can a 15 lb bird breed with a small leghorn like crazy. I was having problems with mybig Marans roo mating with the smaller birds. Doesn't he squish them?
     
  3. BirchHatchery

    BirchHatchery Songster

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    i dont no but i see him every day the leghorns squat for him Nature always finds a way
     
  4. mstricer

    mstricer Crowing

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    Have you tried hatching those eggs to see if you can get a nice DP. It might go quicker and be meatie. Worth a try. I hatched out some FR/Marans and they were big and yummy.
     
  5. wyoDreamer

    wyoDreamer Crowing

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    Sounds like a Calvinia ! [​IMG]

    Sorry to hear about her buddy.
    Best of luck with your meaty hen.
     
  6. 00 Turok

    00 Turok In the Brooder

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    @ kuntrygirl... I'm new to chicken raising. Got started into it 2 weeks ago when I found some peeps by a road side. Because they are growing so fast... ragerkid2 ... thought I had meat birds & it looks like they are cornish cross. I've just learned that they only live for about 12 weeks, but then I stumbled on to your post how yours lived to be 4 years. I have 2 chicks & they are 2 weeks old now & I'm feeding them chick starter.

    Any details you could give me in addition to what you told Hucklekree for his cornish x ? Like what adult feed should I get for them? I'd like to give them a longer happy life than 12 weeks.
     
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  7. fried green eggs

    fried green eggs Songster

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    Hi, This is a old post. You should send her a PM as she might not see your questions here. Start limited feed now if, you want them around for long and healthy. Good Luck.
     
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  8. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    I will send you a PM. Thanks
     
  9. bluere11e

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    Quote: Good luck with yours. Keep us posted.
    Did these hens lay many eggs?
     
  10. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    They layed a few eggs a week and they layed double yokers.
     
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