My first Cornish X Chicks.

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by lizanne, Feb 23, 2013.

  1. lizanne

    lizanne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I recieved my babies in the mail on Tuesday, I bought 22 Cornish X, 1 Australorp, 1 EE, 1 White Leghorn, 1 Dark Cornish, and my mystery chick. I knew the Cornish would grow fast, but Holy Cow!! They are so much bigger than the other ones. At what point should I seperate them from my regular chicks (or do I have to)? I worry that the smaller chicks won't get enough to eat with all the fatties in there.

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    White Leghorn (left), Cornish X (right)

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    White Leghorn (Left), Cornish X (right)

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    White Leghorn (left), Cornish X (right)
     
  2. chickenjudy

    chickenjudy Out Of The Brooder

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    Isn't it amazing?! They double in size daily it seems like!!
    Probably best if you separate them after 5 days so you can take food away at night as recommended but I personally have a group that is about 2 weeks old that are still with my "regular" chicks. I plan on separating them in a week or so once they are TOO big to stay with the others, though, and so I can limit food and change to a broiler ration.
     
  3. lizanne

    lizanne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What are you feeding your's now? I'm giving them Flock Raiser (20 % protein) mixed with Quail Starter (28% protein). I also have Broiler Booster added to their water.
     
  4. chickenjudy

    chickenjudy Out Of The Brooder

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    They are on a standard medicated chick starter that I think is 18%. I would have separated them by now (usually only leave them about 4-5 days with the others) but I'm leaving town next week and trying to make chores as easy as possible for the hubby [​IMG]
     
  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    You won't believe how bit they will be when you get back!!! Enjoy them while they're young!
     
  6. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    Congrats and good luck. I am getting mine in April. :drool
     
  7. barrettdrka

    barrettdrka Out Of The Brooder

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    How long do you all who have experience with the cornish X keep them until "freezer camp day"? We are feeding them the grower starter 24% feed (DuMor). Also, any alternative suggestions on what to feed them that yields better results?

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  8. Talihofarms

    Talihofarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After about 3 weeks we start to reduce the protein to around 19%.
    We put them out on pasture at 4 weeks and will keep them out till as long as 8 weeks with no problems, other than predators.
    Camp freezer by week 9 no mater what.
     
  9. lizanne

    lizanne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do they start running into issues after 9 weeks? I've also heard that you lower the protein content of the feed, the older they get. Is that correct?
    [​IMG] I'm a meat chicken newbie, so any advice is appreciated.
     
  10. Tabasco Jack

    Tabasco Jack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't try and keep them past 9-10 weeks. They get so big they just want to sit around and eat all day long.
    I feed 24% protein feed for 4 weeks and then switch to 20% for the remaining time. Plus, they have all the grass and bugs they can catch. If I have garden scraps I'll throw that to them also.
     

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