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 Post subject: Rascal and the new clutch
PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 8:30 am 
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I'm hoping for Cadbury Eggs!

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Let me know if you want me to send some! :lol:

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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 9:48 am 
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That's so cute! I didn't spot the rabbit right away.


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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 10:01 am 
Are these in addition to the chicks you bought in March? Did you place another order? What breed are these?


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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 10:17 am 
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These are cornish cross. I only have 1 of the originals left due to the neighbor's dog. The dog was smarter than my fence. I also have some more baby buff's and a couple New Hampshire Reds that are laying!
The neighbor's dog is gone now. She took it to her sister's house in the country. That thing was a menace anyway and leash laws don't mean much in a small town like this unless you are the right person. :roll:

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Maybe the 2 new ones are Rhode Island Reds. I got them at a big amish auction that they have here on Friday nights. Good chickens, whatever they are!

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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 10:50 am 
Ahh - so you've decided to eat some of your birds after all? :)

Do you know that Cornish Cross do need to be fed special feed to prevent the inevitable leg problems that result as they mature? They're bred specifically to be meat birds only - no eggs or breeding - & their weight & confirmation can virtually disable them at a young age if they're not fed supplemented feed meant specifically for them. For this reason as well you really can't let them run with your egg birds. They need different handling.


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I'm determined that I will eat some at some time, don't know if I'll ever be able to do it or not! I meant good chickens, as in laying eggs and like to be petted, lol.

Didn't know that about the cornish cross. Thanks for the info! Sounds like I may be eating birds after all!! (I did have chicken for supper last night, not at all against eating it, its the whole slaughter thing I'm still a little unsure of)

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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 11:33 am 
Well, here are just a few links to get you started re: Cornish Cross chickens. These birds have a very specific purpose & it'd probably be a good idea for you to do some reading/research on them.


http://www.themodernhomestead.us/articl ... Cross.html

http://www.cacklehatchery.com/cornishcrosspage.html

http://www.lakecumberlandgamebirds.com/index1.html


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Thanks Breezy! I read a lot about them at lunch today. After seeing some of the pictures of their poor little legs and knowing they wouldn't have a nice happy life, maybe I'll be able to eat these easier.

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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 2:49 pm 
They are supposed to be darn tasty!! :)

But I know what you mean. I'd have a hard time doing it too. Maybe someone in your area "does" poultry for the table? As in, you take them the live birds & the birds come back to you wrapped for the freezer?

These birds do seem to have problems as they mature. I recall reading something recently (maybe in "Backyard Poultry" magazine? - I'm not sure) where someone lost nearly a whole flock of them because they just couldn't or wouldn't walk out from their little range hoop house for their water during a heat wave, & so literally just died from lack of water. The owner suggested that as they grow older, their food & water should always be in their indoor quarters, because they won't venture far to find it. Their legs & weight also can inhibit them from roosting, so they tend to spend most of the time on the ground.


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I've got a man in my life who is a fearless hunter. Surely he can take out a chicken! lol

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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 3:27 pm 
I don't know - even a fearless hunter can be snowed by how utterly cute they are as chicks - lol!!!!!!

And then there's the gutting, scalding/featherpicking, butchering, yadayadayada. I know I couldn't do it!


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Check with the Amish where you got them. Around here they charge 50cnts for a chicken and $1 for a goose or turkey. 8)

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Thanks jbest! I'll have to check that out!!

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