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What's the heaviest lbs you let CornishX grow?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Country Parson, Apr 23, 2011.

  1. Country Parson

    Country Parson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It seems most here slaughter at 8 weeks. For those who are into creating mini pigs w/ wings, what is the heaviest lbs you have let your CornishX grow to before slaughtering?
     
  2. Josh45640

    Josh45640 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a hen once that was accidently shipped with my layers. Since she was all by herself and seeming to do ok with the rest of the flock, I kept her. She lived to be 5 years old. Im not sure what she weighed, but it was alot. I had to cut the door on the coop out so she could fit through it.
     
  3. heathersboers

    heathersboers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We had ours for about a year. Then hens were great layers...the roosters got up to 20 pounds And most of them died due to their legs giving out. One of the roosters is still alive at 16 months but he is getting to heavy to get around good..he is huge!!!the hens are still laying machines...big ones with extra large eggs.
     
  4. CANDLE98

    CANDLE98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    20lbs! Wow that is small turkey size! Did you eat them being that big? How big are the hens eggs?
     
  5. Country Parson

    Country Parson Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    WOW! I had never heard of these Cornish X living so long. Always hear that they MUST be slaughtered because of health problems. I wonder what you'd get to cross a Cornish x hen to a dual purpose rooster?? Yummy.

    Realistically, what is the heaviest wt to slaughter at before the problems set in???
     
  7. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:It depends on the bird. I've had males I had to slaughter at 8 weeks due to leg problems, but I've had some (mostly females) live a lot longer than that without any issues.
     
  8. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    WMR What did they weigh???
     
  9. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My roo's were 9.5 pounds after processing so probably somewhere abouts 12-14 pounds, and the hens were the same but just at a later age. I didn't let any of them get over 6 months old, but now I wish I would have kept some of them! [​IMG]
     
  10. cbreezerentals

    cbreezerentals Chillin' With My Peeps

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    last year I processed mine at just over 10 weeks, some of the roos were 9.5 pounds processed, my smallest hen was 6 lbs-- so, most of them weighed 7-9 lbs. This year I am processing at 8 weeks for a lower weight.
     

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