Your Cornish Cross Broilers Have Arrived~ Now What?

January 15, 2016

The Cornish Cross Broilers is a very unique and remarkable bird. We like to think of it as the BBB- big breasted broilers, as it has very broad breasts, large thighs, beautiful white plumage, and yellow skin. So- your Cornish Cross Broilers have arrived and you are wondering- now what? Do you still need to order your Cornish Cross Broilers- Here ya go!  {{widget type=”catalog/product_widget_link” anchor_text=”Cornish Cross Broilers- Straight Run” template=”catalog/product/widget/link/link_block.phtml” id_path=”product/138″}}

  • Restrict access to feed to 10 hours per day for the first 3-4 weeks. Be sure the chicks have adequate feeder space so most of the chicks can eat at the same time.
  • Limit protein in the ration to 20-22%.
  • Limit light to natural day-length or 12 hours (whichever is longer).
  • Keep chicks warm with good ventilation, but avoid drafts.
  • Keep air quality high by keeping ammonia low.
  • Do not use straw for litter- use wood shavings or ground corn cobs.

Here’s an example of what you can expet: At 7 days your Male Cornish Cross Broilers should weight 0.390 lbs, their average daily gain/week should be 0.043 lbs., their daily intake should be 0.071 lbs., with a cumulative intake of 0.335 lbs.

If you want the birds to all mature at the same time, purchase either all pullets (hens) or all cox (roosters). If you want them to mature at different sizes, pruchase the straight run. The pullets also make excellent Cornish game hens if butchered at 2 to 2 1/2 pounds, live weight.

With a little bit of patience and enthusiasm, your Cornish Cross Broilers can be some of your most successful show chickens or tasty chickens to grill up this summer!

We’ d love to hear about your experiences in raising Cornish Cross Broilers. Leave us a comment and let us know what you have liked best about your Cornish Cross Broilers.

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