Cornish Cross Straight Run


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Cornish Cross - Straight Run

Day Old Cornish Cross Broiler - Non Sexed Baby Chicks

Hatching year round.

Cornish Cross Broiler Chickens are one of our best selling products. These chicks are the same type that is used in commercial poultry to grow the birds you buy at the supermarket. These non-sexed (or straight run) chicks will grow into very large and heavy fowl with all white feathers, strong yellow legs, wide and meaty breasts, and bright red combs and wattles.  Cornish Cross Broilers are very growing with efficient feed to meat ratios.

Production: Cornish Cross Broilers get larger quicker than other broilers, They are the most efficient meat chicken available. By six weeks of age, these chickens will weigh between 5.5 and 7 pounds. You can expect these chicks to grow about 1 pound per week.  Although these large and slower-moving chickens are vulnerable in a completely free-range environment, they can be very successfully raised in chicken tractors and any other well-protected enclosed situation on pasture. Cornish Cross Broilers cannot fly, which makes them easy to contain with fencing. This is the same variety of meat birds that Joel Salatin raises in his famous rotational and grass-fed system.

Caring for your Cornish Cross Broiler Chicks:

We offer a Coccidiosis Spray for our Cornish Cross Broiler chicks. By choosing this option, we will spray your chicks before shipping as a preventative measure against Coccidiosis. Coccidiosis is very common and can be very detrimental to the health of broiler chicks, possibly resulting in death. Once the chicks are sprayed, the preventative is absorbed through the skin. If you get your chicks sprayed, you should not feed them medicated chick starter. Sprayed chicks may appear to have a dye on them, but the color will fade off eventually. Also, be sure that you keep your Cornish Cross Broiler Chicks on dry, clean bedding whether or not you get them sprayed for Coccidiosis.

Cornish Cross Broilers are very fast growers, and there is no room in their short lifespans for many mistakes. All aspects of their lives are condensed. Be sure that your broilers have constant access to clean water. Keep an eye on your waterers as the chicks grow - you may find that you need to adjust the height to accommodate the growth of the birds.

Feed is, of course, very important. A general rule of thumb is to make certain that each day counts positively for the optimal growth and best health of your broilers. Use a dependable and high-quality feed. Our recommendation is to start with a 21% protein chick starter until they are four weeks old. Then switch them to a slightly lower protein broiler developer ration (20%) until eight weeks of age. Finish the birds on a 17% protein finishing feed from 9 weeks old until the day of processing.

Sometimes Cornish Cross Broilers can have leg issues; this is caused mostly due to the birds growing too fast. One way to prevent this problem is to not allow them to eat too much. So we recommend that you do not free-feed your broilers as you might with laying chickens. Instead, feed your Cornish Cross Broilers once a day and give them just enough feed so that they eat it all in 4-5 hours.

Genetics: Many customers have expressed the desire to breed their own Cornish Cross Broilers by breeding Cornish chickens to Plymouth Rock chickens. Although this seems at first to make sense, there is a lot of scientific genetics work done to produce these truly fast-growing production Cornish Cross Broilers. Also note that Cornish Cross Broilers are hybrids, and so they will not produce the same high-quality chicks as themselves if bred together.

Temperament: Cornish Cross Broilers are calm and docile fowl. They are quiet and quite inactive. They will spend most of the time lounging by the feed. Because of their proclivity to laying about, it is especially important to keep the litter and the ground they are on clean and dry. When kept in wet and dirty conditions, these birds will have a tendency to develop bruising and blistering on the breast. Cornish Cross Broilers are very poor at avoiding predators.

Conservation Status: NA

Body Type: Cornish Cross Broilers are heavy, wide, and pugnacious-looking birds. They have strong-looking, thick legs and a wide stance especially when viewed from the front. They have a deep and large breast. When viewed from above, the shape of the back of the Cornish Cross Broilers has a heart-like appearance.

APA Class: NA, Hybrid

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