My Cornish X's are laying

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by lexustami, May 11, 2008.

  1. lexustami

    lexustami Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello all,

    I have about 15 Cornish X's that didn't get butchered last year. (weather turned cold and I ran out of room in my freezer.) They are about 10-11 months old now. They are free range which I suspect has helped them live this long. They run around all day long and they explore every inch of my 18 acres.

    They've now started laying. I usually find 2-3 eggs a day in the barn and I'm sure there are eggs hidden all over the property. I'm going to send my kids on an egg hunt.

    And I expected them to lay white eggs but they are very light brown. Interesting.

    Take care,

    Tami
     
  2. chickenshadow

    chickenshadow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Conrats!!! That is wonderful and amazing you have managed to get them to live
    so long.

    Where did they come from? Are you sure they are a true Cornish Cross and not
    some other mix? Any pictures?
     
  3. lexustami

    lexustami Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are Cornish X's without a doubt. They came from MM last Summer.

    Here is a recent picture I snapped while we were driving up to the barn.

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    Take care,

    Tami
     
  4. Josie

    Josie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is an interesting looking chicken. Those legs are like small trees.
     
  5. snowydiamonds

    snowydiamonds Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] You need a sign over your driveway:

    Here Lives BIG FOOT

    How humongous and healthy! WOW
     
  6. mommy9994

    mommy9994 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I see mine aren't the only ones that didn't read the manual. Mine also have no idea that they aren't supposed to free range:lol: I think freeranging is why I haven't lost so many. I also read (on here I'm sure) that oyster shell is good for thier legs. I've not had 1 leg problem after I started giving them oyster shell.

    How big are the eggs?
     
  7. chickenshadow

    chickenshadow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Amazing pic Lexus. This post amazes me. Nice job.
     
  8. BaronRenfrew

    BaronRenfrew Chillin' With My Peeps

    If the birds free range while growing, they eat less and grow slower. The exercise also keeps them leaner than if penned up.

    At least knock off the roosters. The hens will live an ordinary chicken life, just think of them as white rocks.

    You have also become an expert on avoidance behaviour. I should slaughter, but I'll fix the sink instead. Oh darn, the day went by, maybe next week.
     
  9. chicks for better health

    chicks for better health Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Are you giving the oyster shell for the calcium to both the pullets and cockerls? I though about doing so, but wasn't sure if it was good to do if they aren't laying.
     
  10. BaronRenfrew

    BaronRenfrew Chillin' With My Peeps

    The point of oyster shell is calcium. They'll eat what they need: laying or not, hen or rooster.
     

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