What Kind of chicken was THIS!???

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by fushalilly, Mar 12, 2008.

  1. fushalilly

    fushalilly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I hatcehd these eggs a friend gave me one year. They hatched beutiful yellow chicks. We thought they were supposed to be RIR's, but appearently not. They grew VERY FAST and had alllll white feathers and yellor beaks and feet. Now these things would NOT STOP GROWING! Soon, they started to get so big that they just layed on the ground and they slowly started to die. Even though they were on a steady healthy diet, these birds got HUMUNGOUS and within 2 years they all died! I actualy saw one lay on the ground, pant very heavily, and within 2 minuets she died. What kind of mysetry chickens were these???
     
  2. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    sounds like cornish x. Do you have a pic?
     
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Sound like cornish x meat birds. They are bred for food and will reach butcher weight at 8 weeks or less. They do not live long, prone to leg problems, and just don't have to genes to make it long. They are a F1 generation so they do not breed true if you could breed them... or even get them to breeding age. They were ment for the dinner table. Genetic selection of parent strains for meaty table birds.
     
  4. scgamecock

    scgamecock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2008
    Conway SC
    You had cornish cross.
     
  5. hooligan

    hooligan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2007
    Arkansas
    I agree with the others, sounds like Cornish Xs. Did they look anything like this?

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    Not the greatest pic but these were my rescues the day I got them.


    And here they were a few weeks ago.
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  6. fushalilly

    fushalilly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    YES! That is what they looked like! I figured they were meat birds that got huge quick to be butcherd. Thanks.
     

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