New Member from Michigan

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Bigmagic, Nov 25, 2016.

  1. Bigmagic

    Bigmagic Hatching

    Nov 25, 2016
    Good Morning to everyone. I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving yesterday and survived the turkey comas. I have been considering raising Cornish hens for eggs and meat for quite some time and I see I have a great deal to learn.

    While growing up we raised cattle, hogs, and horses but never chickens. I no longer live in the country but rather a suburban setting (I know what you're thinking. I think the same thing). I am hoping to pick many of your brains to learn what I can before I get started. I have been doing a lot of reading online trying to soak up everything I can. Please forgive my ignorance when asking questions. I just want to make sure I know what I am doing as I go along. Thank you all for any information you can give to me.

  2. Flock Master64

    Flock Master64 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2016
    Surrounded by the Amish
    Hey a fellow Michigander welcome to BYC friend.
  3. Athaid

    Athaid Songster

    Hey, Welcome to BYC :)
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas and :welcome! Great to have you aboard! If the Cornish you are referring to are Cornish Cross - like the picture in your avatar - I'd advise against that breed for egg production. The Cornish Cross was engineered to be a fast grower for the chicken 6-7 weeks old is all at butchering time. This rapid growth has come with a the breed was designed to gain weight in a hurry, health problems often develop in birds past prime butchering age. They are, simply put, eating machines. The hens will lay eggs at the at an age greater than 20 weeks, but their food intake must be managed carefully so they don't develop the aforementioned health issues. And even then, I don't think they are reckoned very prolific layers and would be expensive to feed for the return in eggs. There are other breeds...practically any breed in fact, that would be better suited for egg production. Now, having said all that, the standard Cornish chicken (not Cornish Cross) is reckoned an adequate layer and tasty meat bird...but the trade off there is that they are slower growers than the Cross. Now, there are so called dual purpose breeds. These were what everyone raised 'back in the day' prior to mass marketing of chicken... breeds such as Rhode Island Reds, Delaware, Rocks, etc., were what farmers raised...the hens were egg layers and the roosters were eaten. Some folks still go this route with these types. A word of caution....they are tasty, but a different kind of tasty than one would be used to from the grocery store or KFC. Good, just different. And, they are a minimum of 16 weeks of age before they are big enough to process. Hope this didn't come off as preachy. Just want you to have a positive poultry experience! Best wishes! :)
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  5. RodNTN

    RodNTN Hatchaolic

    May 22, 2013
    Serving Jesus
    My Coop
    Hello and [​IMG] I am glad you joined our growing community!
  6. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Good luck with your plans!
  7. JennaMW14

    JennaMW14 In the Brooder

    Nov 11, 2016
    Hello from Ohio, it's great to have you here and good luck. :)

  8. king tail

    king tail Show Jumping Dreamer

    Oct 6, 2014
    Godric's Hollow
    welcome to BYC!![​IMG]
  9. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

    May 11, 2010

  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Thank you for joining us at Backyard chickens. [​IMG]

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