Jumbo Cornish Crosses


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    • We order males only
    • Meat birds are hatched year round. If you need custom order please let us know.
    • Our birds can be coccidia sprayed for $.25 each

The Cornish Cross Broiler Chickens we offer for sale are the same type of chicken that the commercial poultry industry uses to produce the chicken meat for sale at grocery stores across the country. These meat chickens are very large, with all white feathers and red combs. They have strong looking, thick, yellow legs and feet. They are very fast growing, probably the fastest growing of all chickens.

Production: The Cornish Cross Broiler is the most efficient broiler or meat chicken available. At six weeks old, males can weigh 6 pounds and females 5 pounds. Males should gain about one pound each week; females grow slower. 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.

Caring for your Cornish Cross Broiler Chicks

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 their optimal growth and health. Use a 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.

Genetics: Many customers are looking to recreate or breed their own Cornish Cross Broilers by utilizing Cornish chickens bred to Plymouth Rock chickens. However, the offspring of this mix will not be the same as these Cornish Cross Broiler chicks. Also, Cornish Cross Broilers are hybrids, and so if two are bred together, they will not produce the same high-quality chicks as themselves. They will also probably be too large by the time they reach sexual maturity to breed naturally. The Cornish Cross Broilers we offer have been scientifically bred for many years by scientists to produce this highly efficient production bird.

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.

Body Type: Cornish Cross Broilers are very heavy, muscular, and pugnacious-looking birds. They have large, thick legs and a very wide and deep breast. These are wide and broad birds in general, with legs spaced quite far apart. When viewed from above, they have an almost heart-shaped appearance.

Feed Conversion Rates for Cornish Cross Broilers

Weeks of Age Average Weight in Lbs Feed Consumption per Week Total Feed Consumption to Date
0.35 lbs
0.3 lbs
0.3 lbs
0.85 lbs
0.62 lbs
0.92 lbs
1.54 lbs
1.02 lbs
1.94 lbs
2.38 lbs
1.44 lbs
3.38 lbs
3.34 lbs
1.9 lbs
5.28 lbs
4.37 lbs
2.32 lbs
7.6 lbs
5.4 lbs
2.73 lbs
10.33 lbs
6.42 lbs
3.10 lbs
13.43 lbs

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