These broilers are top of the line when it comes to being efficient meat producers. Chicks are yellow in color. Both males and females are white in color as adults. In just eight weeks the live weight of males will reach approximately 10lbs and females approximately 8.25lbs. The average feed intake per bird is just 17.5lbs over the period of eight weeks. Approximately 25% of the live weight is breast meat. Approximately 13% of the live weight is thigh meat. Approximately 10% of the live weight is drum stick meat. Overall, an eviscerated bird should average 75% of the live weight. These birds are not bred for egg production; therefore, we do not suggest ordering females with the expectation of them laying eggs. Limit of 300 males and 300 females per customer per hatch, unless special ordered in advance and egg supply allows.
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 Sagitta Red Broiler a try. They can be found on the Meat Bird page as well.
If you have never ordered Cornish Cross before, we highly recommend checking out this care video from KC Farms. https://youtu.be/jh9ip0zHiG0
We use the Cobb 500 and Ross 308 strains of Cornish Cross. (Mostly Ross 308)