When is big to big???

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by aeg1001, May 15, 2009.

  1. aeg1001

    aeg1001 Songster

    May 11, 2009
    Small town, Ohio
    My DH and i have a flock of about 20 cornish x. They are two months old and getting big. My DH want to try and breed some of them. None of them have leg problems so far, but my concern, is it worth it?? As of now they are healthy birds and will be ready to be sold soon. I myself am a lover and i hate to see them in pain, so is there any real success in breeding these birds or is there more success in eatin them [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 15, 2009

    NYREDS Crowing

    Jan 14, 2008
    They are the result of a cross & as such do not breed true. Also because of their size & growth rate the tend to have heart problems. There are individual exceptions of course but generally they don't live too long. They are bred for meat production so if it were me I'd use them for that.
  3. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

    May 24, 2008
    Southeast Arkansas
    At 2 months old, you should be processing of selling now.
  4. digitS'

    digitS' Songster

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    I don't think that you will be happy with keeping them.

    The Meat, Etc. forum has discussions on keeping Cornish X's quite often. I remember one BYC'er who posted a picture of her full-grown CX. She looked very well cared for in the photo leaning on a feeder. She certainly fit her name, Snowball, but I seem to recall that she only lived to about 10 months and she was a sole-survivor by then.

    My brother kept 7 CX's and gave them to me 35 years ago. This hybrid has probably come along way since the mid-70's. I kept them for several months, they didn't do bad laying but I gave 'em back. These days, I think the CX has evolved into some kind of "nuclear android" chicken.

    If you want to have meaties and layers, buy extra Australorp or Orpington pullets and keep some, process the others. If you want to breed hybrids, that's possible too. The Plymouth Rock is a fine bird and a parent of the strains that lead to the CX. A flock of Barred Plymouth Rock hens has the advantage of hatching sex-linked chicks when crossed with something like a Rhode Island Red (or Buff Orpington, so I'm told) rooster.

  5. aeg1001

    aeg1001 Songster

    May 11, 2009
    Small town, Ohio
    Thanks so much for all the advice. i agree that what they are made for is what we should use them for, its just convincing him.
  6. Indiana hens

    Indiana hens Songster

    Jun 25, 2008
    Pendleton, Indiana
    Eat em!
  7. aeg1001

    aeg1001 Songster

    May 11, 2009
    Small town, Ohio
    Well you all would be happy to know, that you all convinced him but me his DW could not.....[​IMG]

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