Cornish Cross Broiler Chickens…The Fankenbird??

Let’s talk about the Cornish Cross Broilers.

What are Cornish Cross broilers?

The Cornish Cross Rock is a hybrid developed by crossing the commercial Cornish chicken with a White Plymouth Rock chicken. Our special matings produce baby chicks with broad breasts, big thighs, white plumage, and yellow skin. These broiler chickens are known for their remarkable, rapid growth and feed efficiency.

Are Cornish Cross chickens genetically modified?

The created Cornish Cross chicken; this chicken has been called a Fankenbird, genetically modified and a freak of nature…There is no genetic modification at work here, only selective breeding. The reason that many avoid the cornish cross, is that it doesn’t act like the backyard chickens we are used to.

What breeds make Cornish Cross Broilers

The Cornish Cross or Broiler is a hybrid breed crossing a Cornish with a Plymouth Rock. The resulting bird is fast-growing, reaching table weight at around 8 weeks. This quick maturing, large breed makes it a cost-effective investment with good feed conversion.

Can you hatch your own Cornish Cross chickens?

They will be tender and plump roasting birds, Cornish Cross Broiler Hatching Eggs can be successfully hatched in any incubator in the same way as other Hatching Eggs…Leg problems can be an issue with these fast-growing birds, which is usually because the birds grow too big too fast. I do have to tell you from experience in my chicken raising and selling that I experienced absolutely no leg problems as long as I lifted their feed at night.

Can you keep a Cornish Cross as a pet?

Cornish Cross chickens have been hybridized for fast growth and economical meat production, making them unsuitable for keeping as pets or laying hens. They usually grow so big, so fast that their legs and hearts are unable to withstand their bulky size.

Do Cornish Cross broilers lay eggs?

The chickens are a hybrid breed known as a cornish cross, which matures with larger than normal breasts and legs…Egg production decreases with obesity, but even at optimal weights, broilers lay eggs far less frequently than other breeds. How bit do Cornish Broilers get?

Cornish Cross Broilers require special feed and care but grow astonishingly fast. These birds can be grown to a live weight of over 6 lbs. by 6 weeks of age. Or, can be managed to a roaster of the weight of 8-12 lbs.

Can you overfeed your Chickens? Overfed chickens can gain weight and that which may cause them to become less mobile and to move less. If you see any changes in their regular moving behavior, it may be a sign that they are eating too much. Pay close attention to their regular everyday habits, so you can notice any changes as soon as they happen.

Caring for your Cornish Cross Broilers

Coccidiosis Spray is available for Cornish Cross Broiler chicks only. As an option, we can spray your chicks to help protect against Coccidiosis. Coccidiosis is a common issue when raising these birds, and probably one of the top reasons for failure. The spray is absorbed through the skin. If you select this option and the spray is applied, do not feed your flock medicated feed. Although the medicated feed will not harm the birds, it will counteract the spray. The sprayed chicks may have a dye on them, which will wear off in time. Whether or not you choose the Coccidiosis Spray, the need for dry, clean bedding cannot be overemphasized.

Cornish Cross Broilers grow very fast, and that doesn’t leave room for many mistakes. Every aspect of their lives is condensed. Be sure that they have access to clean water constantly and that you watch and adjust the height and amount the waterers hold according to your birds’ growth.

Feed is also very important. Make sure that every day counts positively toward optimal growth and health. Use high-quality and dependable food, that is fresh and not at all moldy. Chick starter is appropriate for the first 5 weeks. Switch to broiler or grower feed from 5 weeks to butcher. 

Sometimes customers have experienced leg problems with Cornish Cross Broilers; this is usually the result of the birds growing too quickly. One way to combat this problem is to avoid free-feeding them. Offer free-choice chick starter for the first 5 days. After that, make the feed available 12 hours on and 12 hours off for proper growth. Cornish Cross Broilers don’t always know when to stop eating, and if you give them constant access to food, their bones may not keep up with their body weight.

Cornish Game Hens: Cornish Game Hens are female Cornish Cross broilers that are processed when they are four-five weeks old at about 2 to 2.5 pounds. At this age, they will be a tender, compact chicken that is excellent for roasting. Feeding these hens a higher protein broiler ration (21-23% protein), from start to finish will help in achieving plumper hens.

Cornish Game Hens: Cornish Game Hens are female Cornish Cross broilers that are processed when they are four-five weeks old at about 2 to 2.5 pounds. At this age, they will be a tender, compact chicken that is excellent for roasting. Feeding these hens a higher protein broiler ration (21-23% protein), from start to finish will help in achieving plumper hens.

Temperament: Cornish Cross Broilers are docile and calm birds. They are not very active in general and will spend much time especially after 3-4 weeks of age, sitting on the ground. Litter and flooring will need to be kept dry and clean so that the birds do not develop blistering and bruising on the breast. They do not do well in a completely free-range environment and are not good at avoiding predators.