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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Poultrybonkers, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. Poultrybonkers

    Poultrybonkers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A White rock and a Cornish rock?

    is there a difference?

    Is An Amber Link a pure bred Chicken or a mix between two others?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    A white rock is a dual purpose breed in and of itself. A cornish/rock is a hybrid created to produce a quick growing bird for meat. An amberlink is a hybrid created for maximum egg production. Sort of simplistic, but the best that I can provide.
     
  3. Poultrybonkers

    Poultrybonkers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So Cornish are mostly for meat?
     
  4. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Cornish, one word, is a heritage breed that grows normally and lays normally just like Rocks. They're bred for meat and show, but not the same as Cornish X.

    A Rock is a heritage breed that is the same as a White Rock or a Barred Rock. Different colors.


    A Cornish Rock, or Cornish X, or Cornish Broiler, - Are completely different, all are names for a hybrid that is bred for the meat industry as well as home meat production. They're a super fast growing, piggish eating machine that can be butchered to process in under 2 months.
     
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    Poultrybonkers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got Cornish rock. Are they the fast growing ones I thought Cornish x were the fast growing one I got 3 for meat. If there's more meat on them then a leghorn.
     
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    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Cornish Rock is the same as Cornish X. They'll grow super fast and you'd better start cutting their feed back otherwise they may have health issues.
     
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    Poultrybonkers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought 3 week was the time you do 12 on 12 off?
     
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    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just got 17 cornish rock. The info I have found varies on when or even if to cut back feed. Welp hatchery says day 5 do 12 on 12 off. Others on BYC never cut back feed. Mine are about 10 days old. I cut them to 12 on 12 off 2 days ago. Check out the Meat Birds section but you will find verying opinions.
     
  9. SC-ChickMom

    SC-ChickMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When I raised Cornish X I did not withhold food (12 hours on 12 hours off) only because they are not eating at night anyway(after week 3 they didn't have a lamp). I processed at 7 weeks and had an average of 5.5 lbs dressed.
     
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    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I may start keeping feed in with them once they don't have the lamp. I happened to wake up about 2:30 am this morning and got a drink, looked out the back window and they were up and wandering around in the area their feeders are during the day. [​IMG] Little pigs. I do have a few that will just sit in the feeder and eat for a while. I gave them more room in their pen today (their pen is 7'X7' but part of it is blocked off ) Now they have access to 3/4 of it. We are getting a cold snap (50's) next week (stupid Florida) so I am prepared to block off more of it if needed. Their heat lamp consists of a 75 watt bulb.
     

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