The feeling of Cornish X chicks?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by stone_family3, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone else think that Cornish X chicks feel kinda yucky when you touch them? Mine look clean and they are kept in clean conditions, but they always feel hot and yucky. Is it because their fluff has fallen out and their feathers have yet to come in? They are 2 weeks today.
     
  2. JerseyGiantfolk

    JerseyGiantfolk Overrun With Chickens

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    I've felt them before, yes, I have to agree, they feel sweaty. Probably because it takes effort for them to walk around...
     
  3. jessicayarno

    jessicayarno Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, i agree and they simply smell worse than other chickens.
     
  4. xC0000005

    xC0000005 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm pleased to read this - I thought I was the only one raising oily softballs with feathers. The only nice thing about it is the more time I spend with them, the better I feel about eating them later.
     
  5. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm in Florida so I was referring to them as grapefruits not softballs. [​IMG]
     
  6. xC0000005

    xC0000005 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote: Ok, so they are oily, moist, warm, feathered grapefruit. No wonder grapefruit don't sell as well. On the other hand, if I could slow roast a grapefruit with honey glaze I'd eat them more often, and if the kids fought over who got the wishbone from the grapefruit it wouldn't have to be like "If you kids don't settle down I'm going to buy a grapefruit and make you eat it." Then again, I don't think breakfast would ever be the same if I had to get up, take a grapefruit out of the fridge, cut its throat and wait for it to stop bleeding grapefruit juice before eating it with a spoon.

    The more I think of it, the more I detest grapefruit, I think.
     
  7. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL exactly. While I love the idea of having fresh chicken that I raised I simply detest this breed of bird. I honestly don't know if I want to do it again, I might do a different breed. I'm considering freedom rangers maybe, mine are now to the point where they are starting to get naked [​IMG]
     
  8. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here are my cornish x at 3 weeks old. Poor little guys are balding something awful, but at least their active.[​IMG]
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  9. Swampfarmer

    Swampfarmer Out Of The Brooder

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    That's normal for this breed. They do not fully feather like other chickens.

    Ralph
     
  10. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Would you think they are ready for the heat lamp to be off? Night time temp is in the 50-60s range and there are 12 of them.
     

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