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CorniSh CroSSeS


Cornish and Cornish Crosses are very different birds. This is where a lot of the health problems begin. Although Cornish hens grow at a steady rate, they don’t grow as fast as a Cornish Cross. This costs growers more in utilities and feed and why the crosses are more popular than the pure breed.

Jumbo Cornish Cross have been developed for hens to reach

41⁄ pounds by 6 weeks and cockerels to reach 6 pounds in 6 weeks. They grow so fast that their legs may give out. To prevent this, food may be taken away at night. The problem is that they will still be hungry, so removing sawdust and shavings is recommende­d.

This hybrid should be butchered between 4 and 10 weeks of age, depending on your desired weight. These birds shouldn’t be kept as pets as they will develop heart, bone, muscle, tendon problems as well as sores on their feet. Butchered weight will be approximat­ely 70% of live weight.

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