Where Can I Find Cornish Hatching Eggs?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by SproutGirl, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. SproutGirl

    SproutGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,
    I have a Leghorn cross that went broody (yeah, I know, go figure!) and I'd like to have her hatch out some meat birds for me. Does anyone know where I can get some fertile Cornish eggs, or other good meat bird eggs? Thanks!
     
  2. Buster52

    Buster52 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If when you say Cornish meat birds, you mean the Cornish Rock Cross, I don't think you can. I think you have to buy chicks.

    If by Cornish meat birds you mean standard Cornish, most hatcheries that sell the bird would also carry hatching eggs, I would reckon. Most folks suggest you go with a breeder...

    http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/CGA/Cornish/BRKCornish.html
     
  3. srsmith69

    srsmith69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    According to moyerschicks.com you can by their hatching eggs to produce the same Cornish cross that they sell. They are 29.75 which includes shipping from Pa to Montana for one dozen eggs.
     
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  4. oldbat

    oldbat Out Of The Brooder

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    Moyer Hatchery in PA offers hatching eggs from "broilers/roasters; have ordered some for delivery March 1, ASSUMING they are Cornish X since that's what they advertise in their catalog.

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  5. Brunty_Farms

    Brunty_Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ya I was going to say Moyers too. But heck at those prices you mine as well just buy the chicks to put under the hen.

    I've done this with hatchery chicks... I actually do it all the time with my layers. With 500 layers this summer it didn't take much to trigger a hen to go broody. Forget to collect eggs until noon and wham... you have a broody. The best way to break them was to take some of my broiler chicks (I get them every two weeks in the summer) and put them under the hens. Take the chick away a week later... and then she goes back to laying.

    In your case... I would put other eggs under her as that is crazy for cornish x hatching eggs. However if your set on Cornish x's get the chicks. Just make sure you start them on feed and water first before putting them under a hen. They usually have a long trip and are thirsty and hungry.
     
  6. dancingbear

    dancingbear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That's almost $2.50 per egg. That's awfully high. I always wonder why hatchery eggs are higher than the chicks.

    I've put lots of chicks under my broodies. I don't take them away a week later though. If I did, I'd have to raise them. I just let the hen raise them.

    If you just want some eggs for her to hatch, check craigslist for your area, you may find somebody with an alternate breed, not as fast or big as a broiler, but still tastes like chicken. You can probably get fertile eggs from a local farm a heck of a lot cheaper.

    If you slaughter at 12-16 weeks, they'll still be reasonably tender, but on the small side. You can let them go to 20-25 to get some size on them, and cook 'em in the crock pot, or several other methods, that info gets posted all the time. Do a forum search, if you want to read about that.
     
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  7. srsmith69

    srsmith69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying that Moyers price is cheap. Just keep in mind that the price includes shipping. I routinely see shipping for a dozen eggs at $12 or more in the auctions here. Also, moyers price goes down a buck or two if you buy more than one dozen and keeps going down the more you buy. I've never bought chicks through the mail. How much would it cost to ship 25 chicks
     
  8. dancingbear

    dancingbear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Taking into consideration how often shipped eggs don't hatch, or have a low hatch rate, I think a person would be better off to just order some chicks, even with the cost of shipping. If chicks arrive dead, or die withing 24 hours, most hatcheries will replace them, or give credit o a future order. With eggs, if they don't hatch, you're just out of luck. Because the seller can't control what happens once they're picked up for shipping.

    But sometimes people get lucky and get a good hatch with shipped eggs.
     
  9. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

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    Quote:Taking into consideration how often shipped eggs don't hatch, or have a low hatch rate, I think a person would be better off to just order some chicks, even with the cost of shipping. If chicks arrive dead, or die withing 24 hours, most hatcheries will replace them, or give credit o a future order. With eggs, if they don't hatch, you're just out of luck. Because the seller can't control what happens once they're picked up for shipping.

    But sometimes people get lucky and get a good hatch with shipped eggs.

    My personal best percentage with shipped eggs was 60% just FYI in case you wanted to know. I'd go with chicks myself. [​IMG]
     

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