What breed of chickens are these?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by airkat86, Nov 11, 2014.

  1. airkat86

    airkat86 Out Of The Brooder

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    We have a mix of Barred Rock and Rhode Island Red already.
    We were given 10 HUGE white hens. I'm not real familiar with chicken breeds but I was guessing leghorns maybe? They are really huge! Thanks in advance.

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  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    They look like some kind of meat bird, Cornish Cross etc.
     
  3. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    Yup, those are Cornish X.
     
  4. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    X3 .. Cornish Cross..........first thing I thought of when I saw your pics......FREEZER CAMP!
     
  5. airkat86

    airkat86 Out Of The Brooder

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    Awesome. Thank you all! :)
     
  6. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    X4 on Cornish cross. CCs are ready for butchering at 8 weeks. In fact, if you wait much beyond that, they will begin to rapidly develop serious health problems because of their abnormal growth rates. Get ready to stock your freezer. :eek:)
     
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    They look like Cornish X to me, and are at butchering age for sure.
     
  8. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    They appear to be Cornish crosses, and are at butchering age (if not way past it).
     
  9. dan26552

    dan26552 True BYC Addict

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    If those are ALL hens their probably commercial laying hens that come out of a commercial laying hen house. Had one earlier this year that we got two years ago before she started laying after she went though her first molt it took almost six months to get her to lay again
     
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  10. StephensonC

    StephensonC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A little insight on cornish hens in case you are like me and didn't know. My son brought one home from an auction once and as soon as we got her out of the cage, she wobbled very slowly and sat down most of the time. I thought something was wrong with her legs or that she was very sick. She would not roost at night, just lay on the ground. I gave her extra treats among other things and lots of attention. I wanted to make her well. She was mouth breathing most of the time and it was in the summer and very hot. I did all kinds of things to try to keep her cool and comfortable. She ended up dying maybe 2 weeks later. WELL, It was then that I found out she was a cornish hen and most likely was not sick at all. Most cornish hens are usually culled at 8 weeks and if not, and they are allowed to get much older, they will eat themselves to death. There I was trying to save her and feeding her extra food, when that was the problem to begin with. She had difficulty walking because she was so big and so heavy and her little legs just couldn't support her weight. Her name was Big Mama.....lol
     

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