Why is one different?

Discussion in 'Meat Chickens' started by jewelslette, Mar 22, 2016.

  1. jewelslette

    jewelslette New Member

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    I bought 5 Cornish rocks from tsc on 2/27. At first, they were all the same size, but now it is clear that 4 are misshapen and Frankenstein birds while one is a very normal looking - albeit larger bird than the other breeds I bought at the same time. My question is, will this normal looking bird have a chance to reach sexual maturity? Of so, I might keep her and try to breed her later to see if she produces meatier chicks. I've decided pretty much against buying more cornish, because they look so gross but I do want to breed some meat chickens.
     
  2. Nm156

    Nm156 Active Member

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    No it won't produce meatier chicks if any chicks.
     

  3. seminolewind

    seminolewind SuperModerator Staff Member

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    I do think they reach maturity quicker since they develop quicker.
     
  4. robin416

    robin416 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Sounds very much like a different breed, same color, was mixed in to the meat bird bin.
     
  5. WeeLittleChicken

    WeeLittleChicken Active Member

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    Or it could have a bad heart or something else going on that would stunt its growth.... Cornish Crosses are getting increasingly problematic with these issues.
     
  6. jewelslette

    jewelslette New Member

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    I've intentionally tried to avoid getting attached to the meaties, but this chick is the friend list and most inquisitive one I have, dagnabbit! When I come into the coop, it is always the first to approach and will hop on my lap or peck at my butt when it isn't getting attention.
     
  7. Feathered

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    If it feels like the right thing try it, what will it hurt to keep her? You can always butcher later.