What meat bird crosses work for you?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by becky3086, Oct 23, 2008.

  1. becky3086

    becky3086 Crested Crazy

    Oct 14, 2008
    Thomson, GA
    I have seen the Cornish X's and from what I hear they maybe aren't the best. I am wondering have you crossed some chickens and made yourself a decent meat bird? What breeds did you cross?

    Becky
     
  2. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    If you want to avoid the Cornish Cross, do these:

    http://www.jmhatchery.com/Colored-Range-Chicks-p5.html

    I have personally crossed my Dark Cornish rooster with:

    DC x Barred Rock: decent
    DC x Speckled Sussex: decent
    DC x Black Sex Link: decent
    DC x Freedom Ranger: best results

    I say they are all decent, it's just the shape and body conformation which is wrong. They taste great, but you just can't go out and sell birds like that. The DC x Freedom Rangers gave me the heavist birds in the least ammount of time.

    What I really need to do is keep line breeding the Dark Cornish to get larger sires.
     
  3. becky3086

    becky3086 Crested Crazy

    Oct 14, 2008
    Thomson, GA
    Thanks. I think I am eventually going to try a few crosses myself and see what I come up with.
     

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