mature cornish cross . . . lol!

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by KatyTheChickenLady, Dec 1, 2009.

  1. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    Over the weekend I aquired a pair of 8 month old cornish cross birds. I about fell over when I went to lift them out of the crate! They weigh about 20 lbs each. My guess is they survived the inclination to overeat and die because the people turned them out to free range with no feed supplements at about 8 weeks of age. There is no question of their inability to breed the male is just too heavy and his leggs are too short. The female is laying a large brown egg a day.
    My question is this; how much do I feed them? I can't free range them because my Ameraucana roos for some reason want to kill this poor fat boy. They have to go into one of my breeding pens which have free choice feeders - which they have had their heads stuck in for the last three days. If I allow this to continue they will obviously over eat and die.
    Any diet for life advice?

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  2. Ryu

    Ryu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For some of my more mature hens I have to measure out feed. Put it in a pan and when the yeat it all that's it. I also give them veggies to pick at. I do Broccoli Pinata for them (hang a bunch of briccoli on a string/wire from the ceiling) that keeps them busy.
     
  3. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    well, that's what I'm thinking . . . but how much feed is right for a 20 lb chicken that got to 20 lbs on free range only?
     
  4. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

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    I dont kno whwy but i find these birds fascinating. Probably because i dont know enough about them. Are you going to try to bred them?
     
  5. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    no the male is to heavy and short to breed the hen . . . I doubt she could hold him either. They are what is considered a terminal cross and would not breed true anyway. They get these by crossing white rocks to cornish.
    theya re really sweet, and I find it interesting that the males body type is so similar to the females.
     
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  6. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

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    Well thats amazing anyways! good find! DO u know there life exp.?
     
  7. Whitehouse Quail

    Whitehouse Quail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I heard about someone giving them low doses of aspirin to prevent heart attacks and leg problems; they were intrigued by meat breed's personalities too.
     
  8. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    Look at those tubbers! Holy cow!
     
  9. ve

    ve Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think both are girls
     
  10. Goose and Fig

    Goose and Fig Grateful Geese

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    [​IMG] They remind me of salt and pepper shakers. Cute.
     

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