We like the Dark Cornish too but are coincidentally trying our hand at Cuckoo Marans this year (for the eggs... folks like those dark eggs), so now I'm looking forward to the boys getting to processins size.
Has anybody heard of a La Fleche chicken? I was reading that they are hands down the best meat eating bird but I havnt heard of Marans being good eating. Hmmm, I got some extra Marans too. Have to see for myself. If I got Cornish Hens, can I mate them together and always have them on hand or would I have to cross birds together to get certain Corbish hens. I know thats a crazy question but I've never owned Cornish type chickens. Thanx for the replys
The standard cornish will breed true. The cornish cross won't so you have to buy chicks each time. Alot of people do that and it works well, you buy a batch of chicks , grow them out and freezer them and you are done with chickens until you need another batch. When we raised the cross they just didn't have the taste that a heritage bird has.
From the birds we raise each has a quality
Buff Orpingtons have huge leg 1/4's - we are growing out some Light Sussex this year and it looks like they are going to be the same way
Rhode Islands, Marans and Java's have a long wide breast - because of the body shape
Speckled Sussex were bred as a meat bird and have more compact thicker bodies
Dark Cornish are solid, meaty. Even as chicks when you pick them up they weigh more than others.
Thats where I read that article on the survey of chickens with La Fleche birds being best eating. Pretty interesting article. Kinda tricky to navigate on though. You just flip the tab pages at the bottom. Me and my brother in-law are wanting to try our hands at homesteading so where looking to find the best birds to a feed ratio thats worth wild. Thanx steve.