Once again, SQ standard Cornish LF, looking for breeders

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by dancingbear, Nov 12, 2008.

  1. dancingbear

    dancingbear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Apparently, stating that I'm looking for SQ standard Cornish LF, isn't specific enough. I'll elaborate.

    I DON'T WANT HATCHERY PRODUCTION-RUN CORNISH. I am NOT having any trouble at all finding dark Cornish hatchery birds. Those are easy. McMurray has them. Ideal has them. Cackle has them. I'm sure many other hatcheries have them.

    IF I WANTED HATCHERY STOCK I'D ORDER SOME FROM A HATCHERY.

    I'm looking for SQ, purebred standard Cornish, LF. If that's not what you have, please don't tell me you have what I want. You don't.

    The reason I want SQ birds is this:
    They are as pure-bred as is possible to find. Hatchery birds are not. They get leghorn and other breeds mixed in to improve egg production and fertility. All that is fine, if you don't need a pure line for some reason.

    I have some specific breeding goals in mind, I'm starting some breeding experiments this coming year, as soon as I can acquire the breeds I need, and grow them to maturity so they can breed. I want large, strong, healthy birds, that have been kept as close to the breed standards as possible, to start with. I don't want a bunch of hatchery mutts. Not that there's anything wrong with hatchery mutts, I have a yard full of them. They're nice, they lay eggs, they're pretty colors and patterns. They are not suitable for the breeding experiments I want to do. I need purebred birds for that.

    Anybody who has SQ Cornish, I'd love to hear from you. Or if you know where I can find some, I'd love to hear from you.

    I'd also like to hear more about the fertility issues with SQ Cornish. I have 4 hatchery DC hens, they have a great fertility rate. They just aren't really very close to the breed standard. Cute, pretty, great moms, but not very big, (the largest of the 4 probably weighs about 4 lbs, the smallest maybe 2.5. These are supposed to be LF) and I suspect they got mixed with bantams somewhere along the line. They came from McMurray.

    My thanks to NYREDS and Mikarod for info, those two leads may actually get me what I need, I'll find that out pretty soon. But more sources or leads on sources would be appreciated, if anybody has any.

    Terrielacy, thanks for closing the other thread. I was unpleasantly surprised at what happened with it.
     
  2. flyingmonkeypoop

    flyingmonkeypoop Overrun With Chickens

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    If you know some one who gets the poultry press there is usually some LF dark cornish there. I will check a couple places to see if I can find a breeder.
     
  3. silkieluver_07

    silkieluver_07 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2008
    Pennsylvania
    I was just looking up cornish on the internet, and this farm breeds and shows the bantam and large fowl. You could give it a shot and see if they have any eggs/chicks for sale.

    http://acahadypoultry.com/standards.html
    Hope that helps some! [​IMG]
     
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  4. mikarod

    mikarod Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 28, 2008
    Oklahoma
    I came across another place. I completely forgot about Reese Turkey in Kansas.

    I'll be getting some of their Barred Rocks this December.

    http://www.reeseturkeys.com/chickens.htm

    He has his own line, and uses them as utility birds. BUT, he has a thing with sticking as close to the standard as possible with what he has. (Just take a LOOK at them Barred Rocks!)
     
  5. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2007
    SE Mass
    I noticed an ad in the Poultry Press advertising a win at a show with cornishes, so I looked on their site and they have some nice LF dark cornish... http://acahadypoultry.com/
     
  6. silkieluver_07

    silkieluver_07 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2008
    Pennsylvania
    Quote:I know nothing about Cornish, but that breeder must be popular because I suggested that site also! [​IMG]
     
  7. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2007
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    Quote:I know nothing about Cornish, but that breeder must be popular because I suggested that site also! [​IMG]

    Ohh I just now noticed that LOL!
     
  8. silkieluver_07

    silkieluver_07 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2008
    Pennsylvania
    Hopefully dancingbear can get some from them! [​IMG]
     
  9. dancingbear

    dancingbear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, thanks, guys! I've emailed ACA Hady Poultry, and Reese Turkeys. Reese Turkeys' website looks like they only sell processed poultry, but maybe they will sell a few eggs or something. I emailed anyway, I guess I'll find out.

    I called the guy NYREDS suggested, he gave me contact info for a breeder, but I haven't called him yet.

    I've contacted the guy Mikarod suggested, he said he'll sell fertile eggs in the spring, if he has enough.

    So I'm checking multiple sources, in case one doesn't pan out, maybe another will. I wouldn't mind getting birds from more than one place, too, so there's a little more diversity in the gene pool.

    I was beginning to think I'd be stuck with hatchery stock, and was getting a little desperate about it. Thanks, I feel better now! There's hope for standard Cornish!
     
  10. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

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    I know someone who just got some partridge cornish from a top show breeder. They are young birds, LF and not set up for breeding yet, but she should have eggs in the spring. www.hamandeggsranch.com
    They are not on her site. She also has barred rocks better than reese's
     

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