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Cornish Chicken

Overall satisfaction

1.75/5

Acquired: Breeder

Gender: Both

Appearance

4/5

Temperament

1/5

Hen brooding behavior

2/5

Foraging ability

5/5

Tolerance for heat

4/5

Tolerance for cold

4/5

Meat quantity

4/5

Egg quantity

3/5

Large eggs

3/5

Colorful eggs

4/5

Not a bad meat bird alternative, with exceptions

By

United States

Posted Jul 16, 2014

In my efforts to get away from the Cornish Cross Frankenbirds, true Cornish Game birds were one meat bird breed I tried. I wouldn't say I would never grow them again, but it's not my meat bird of choice, either.

These birds take quite a while to grow out to slaughter size (6 months) and carry decent meat (much of it bordering toward the dark), but they don't convert the grain and feed as well as other options so they are more expensive to grow out. They DO however do well as a ranging type and live and grow like "real" birds, and are pretty hearty under a range of conditions (weather, etc.). They also are a very flavorful bird, so worth considering because they are much better tasting than Rock-Crosses.

I have also kept a few over as breeding stock, and for that they did okay, could even be somewhat of a dual-purpose breed, but the biggest issue with that is that the roosters of the breed get aggressive at very young ages. By 6 months they'll start battling and by the time they are a year and ready to breed hens, they'll be chasing after you and yours. If you can deal with that they aren't bad as a self-sustaining breed for meat, but do be aware.

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