White verses colored broilers

amtreth

In the Brooder
5 Years
Apr 23, 2014
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So I am going to be experiencing with broilers but I wanted to see what everyone on here thought. What are the differences between the standards white Cornish x and the colored broilers? Is there a different taste between the two? Different temperaments? I have been raising white Cornish x birds and my three year old loves playing with them as babies so I want to make sure the colored won't try to peck her eyes out(jk)

Thanks for your input
 

Fowl Mouth

Chirping
7 Years
Dec 15, 2012
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The white CornishX will normally grow faster than your coloreds, and will dress out roughly 2-4 weeks earlier depending on your feed schedule and dress weight desire. I can usually process my CornishX around 8 weeks and average 5 pounds dressed where the coloreds will take 2-4 weeks longer for the same dress weight.

However, having said that, the coloreds do seem to be more hardy and so much more active and chicken-like than the wide-track CornishX. They are also nicer to look at, according to some -- but I personally prefer the whites for plucking ease.
The white CornishX are more sedate than the coloreds in my experience. The coloreds are not aggressive at all, and your three year old would still be able to handle them as babies and such, but the coloreds do act more "chickeney" and will take better to range and foraging than CornishX seem to.

As for taste, I have noticed a slight difference in flavor, but it was just that - slight. Not enough to favor one highly over the other, personally. Others may be more sensitive to taste differences, but for me, it was nothing to write home about.
 
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