The birth of the CX [ circa 1948 ]

SteveH

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Two YouTube videos of The Chicken of the Future contest of 1948 . The winner was a Red Cornish X New Hampshire Red ; and a star was born
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{ Some of that " latest technology " equipment can be pretty useful for the small or hobby breeder today , wouldn't mind having one of those brooders again }
 
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TimG

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Scrawny chickens in those clips! Another reminder that the roaster most of us are used to seeing in the grocery store is nothing like the chicken of yesteryear.
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I like the note at the end: "housewives everywhere are enjoying". It reminded me of an experience I had in the local grocery store just a few months ago. With a certain minimum purchase, the store was giving away an in-house recipe magazine. The lady in my checkout aisle asked me if my wife had gotten one yet. "I doubt it" I said since my wife rarely sets foot in the grocery store.

"Well, take this one to her" she said.

"What if she doesn't cook?" I asked.

Her reply: "Then you can give it to someone else's wife."

She was serious.
 

SteveH

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They ARE scrawny looking chickens compared to what we have in the groceries today aren't they . On the other hand they aren't roasters , they are twelve and a half week old fryers , set back two weeks due to an epedemic that swept the pens , and most are purebred dual purpose breeds . They're HUGE compared to the bulk of those same breeds today unless you're looking at a show strain ; and what show breeder is keeping records of disease resistence , feed conversion , egg production , carcass quality , and flavor today ? Those people wanting to get back to basics with a flock of good DPs are at quite a disadvantage with the stock available , but it IS possible to redevelope a breed or a crossbreed to suit that purpose and I applaud those who are doing so .
 

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