Cornish Chicken

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Willem Hoekstra

Other common names: Indian Game; Cornish Hen; Rock Cornish Game Hen; Cornish Game Hen; Cornish Game; Jubilee Cornish Game; White Cornish; Cornish White

The basics:
The Cornish Chicken is a breed of chicken which originated in the 1800's in Cornwall, England. Originally created as the "Dark Cornish", the breed was a composite of several different blood lines - Asell (or Asil), Black-Red, Old English and Malay. The White Cornish was produced in 1890 from a White Malay / Dark Cornish cross. White-Laced Red Cornish were produced in America in 1893, from a Shamo Japanese / Dark Cornish cross.

A popular restaurant dish, the "Cornish game hen" is a young, immature Cornish chicken (usually 5 to 6 weeks of age), and weighing less than 2 pounds.

Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (Pea Comb): Black, Blue Laced Red, Buff, Dark, Mottled, Spangled, White, White Laced Red
Uses: Meat, Exhibition,
Bantam: 36 - 44 oz
Largefowl: 8 - 10.5 lbs
Personality: Calm and easily handled. Roosters are often aggressive amongst each other.
Broody: Yes, but hens often break their eggs
Preferred climate: Cool
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Poor (1/week)
Egg color: Brown
Egg size: Medium

What else you should know:
Cornish chickens can have difficulties mating naturally due to their body size. Weight difficulties and health issues are not uncommon, it is possible that you will need to limit your birds grain intake. Chicks can be cannibalistic, so it is best to use a red light in their brooder.


cold hardy, beautiful bird, flavorful bird, yolk color quality, good dual purpose


bad experiences, scars


Heritage Breed Dark, game bird breeds, Dark Cornish birds

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