What's the difference between a cornish game hen and the cornish-x raised for meat?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by 3chickchicks, Dec 9, 2013.

  1. 3chickchicks

    3chickchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It looks like they're both a cross. If I wanted to raise the little cornish game hens (which dress about 1-2 lbs), how do I make sure I'm not getting the full sized bird? Or are they the same and just processed earlier?
     
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  2. LilRedRoo

    LilRedRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was told that the cornish game hens were the cornish x hens rasied to 4 weeks of age and harvested at that point. So the same bird, but the females processed earlier.
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    They start the same, the "Cornish game hens" are just processed younger.
     
  4. BCMaraniac

    BCMaraniac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think they recommend that the bird get up to about 2-2 1/2 pounds at slaughter.
     
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