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Meat Chickens

The chickens we put in our freezer are a breed called Jumbo Cornish Cross and are the most remarkable meat-producing chicken we have found. The Cornish Cross is a hybrid developed by crossing the commercial Cornish chicken with a Barred Rock chicken. Our special mating's produce baby chicks with broad breasts, big thighs, white plumage, and yellow skin. Although these big, slow-moving birds are too vulnerable in a completely free-range environment, they can do quite well when raised in chicken tractors and other well-protected on-ground situations. They do not fly and can be contained with low fencing. These are the same type of broilers that Joel Salatin raises so successfully.

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 feed is also very important. Make sure that every day counts positively toward their optimal growth and health. Use a high quality and dependable food, that is fresh. Chick starter is appropriate for the first 5 weeks. Switch to broiler or grower feed from 5 weeks to butcher.