White Cornish Cross Broilers are among the fastest growing meat type chicken you can buy. Chicks will reach market weight at just 6 weeks of age. They were developed for the commercial meat chicken market and have been used for the past fifty years to produce the chicken found in your local grocery store. They grow so fast that their legs may give out from their weight and it is not recommended that they be kept for breeding. You can take away the feed at night and restrict the feed intake to slow the growth of the chicken. This will allow the bones and tendons to catch up with the rapid growth.
Some customers prefer a slower growing breed with less health and leg issues. If you are in the market for a slower growing meat bird, give the Freedom Ranger a try. They can be found on the Meat Bird page as well.
We use the Cobb 500 and Ross 308 strains of Cornish Cross. (Mostly Ross 308)