very large 6 week old pullet with huge feet

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by aspica, Apr 25, 2016.

  1. aspica

    aspica New Egg

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    I have a Cornish Rock that is huge. She's bigger than my other full grown Cornish Rocks have been, and she has trouble walking or standing for more than a minute or two. She almost acts as though her legs won't support her weight, even though her legs and feet are also quite large. I've been careful about splay leg for all my new chicks, and I'm pretty sure it's not that. She has a very healthy appetite and drinks water just as much as the others. I'm starting to think that she has some kind of genetic growth defect (I've been calling her Andre the Giant, so maybe my imagination has gotten away with me). Can anyone shed some light on what might be wrong?
     
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    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome

    Cornish are meat birds, bred to grow fast and big so they produce lots of meat in a short space of time. Due to the size of your bird its legs can't support the weight.

    I'm not a meat bird raiser but I'm sure if you pop over to the meat bird section the raisers they can help you more.

    These are some reviews on them ~ https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/cornish-cross
     
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    Thank you!
     
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    Your most welcome :D
     

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