Jerry Sledge wrote:I watched Justin's vlogs and none of his Cornish Cross chickens keeled over or had bent legs.
Burra Maluca wrote:The problem we had with them, after we'd sorted out how to make the things walk around and forage instead of sleeping with their heads in the feed bowl, was that their skin is so soft that within a few weeks of them reaching 'finishing size' their feet wore through. We wanted to keep them for breeding and were very hopeful that the rooster, who was a little smaller and slimmer than the hens, would be a good meaty cross for our laying flock. But after he wore great holes in the bottom of his feet just from waddling around in the grass he wasn't going to much use to use, so we ate him.
This a photo of one of the young hens, with her legs bowing under the weight...
This one is sulking as I'd found her hiding and made her stand up and get some exercise...
And this is the rooster, at exactly the same age - noticeably slimmer! But the skin on his feet couldn't take the strain of exercising and, although we kept him longer than any of the hens, he still didn't make it to breeding age.
We also bought a 'freedom ranger' rooster who was much better at foraging and grew at a sensible-ish rate, but his feet wore through just the same and he lost the ability to walk within days of starting to crow, so he was no use to us either. Except for the pot.
Tina Hillel wrote:Last year I kept three of my meaty tweety girls to see what would happen with breeding to my barred rock rooster. One developed breathing issues and had to be culled and we harvested her at 9 lb. The second injured her leg and at harvest was 12.5 pounds. Number three is alive and well running, well waddling, with the rest of the layers. She lays a giant egg about 5 out of 7 days.
I was curious to see if this will result in larger layers. We incubated some of her eggs and I have 3 chicks that will be her descendants. I just really hope they all aren’t roos!
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