what breed are we???

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by kacappi, Mar 25, 2015.

  1. kacappi

    kacappi Out Of The Brooder

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    Got 12 mystery chickens at tractor supply. They will all be hens we just dont know what kind..,we kind of thought leghorns. They are almost 3weeks old and 9 of them are getting quite big 3 of them are smaller and have longer wings. They fly around a bit and get on top of the feeder and waterer. They also seem a bit more aggressive...[​IMG][/IMG][​IMG]
     
  2. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    The smaller white ones are Leghorns. The larger ones could very well be Cornish X.
     
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    The 9 large ones are probably Cornish Cross broiler chickens. The smaller ones may be White Plymouth Rocks or White Leghorns.
     
  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    I agree.

    It will get easier to tell as they mature.
     
  5. kacappi

    kacappi Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok help me out here...do the cornish lay eggs?
     
  6. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    Cornish X are meat birds.
     
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, Cornish X can lay eggs. However, Cornish X broilers are made for meat production. Under most conditions, they grow so fast that by 8 weeks or so, they must be butchered. Otherwise, they suffer leg problems (because of their heavy weight) or heart attacks. Some people do keep Cornish X broilers to maturity, by restricting the feed, and report that hens will lay eggs. But, it requires careful monitoring of feed.
     
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  8. kacappi

    kacappi Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh my gosh this would definately explain their size already. Excuse my ignorance but i am new at this...although meat is good lol i guess i have some more reading to do now to educate myself on cornish. Thanks so much i am so grateful for this site!!!
     
  9. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    I agree on both counts, and would suggest butchering those Cornish cross at 8 weeks. Even if you manage to keep them alive until laying age, they are never going to make good egg producers for you.
     

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