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Cornish Cross Broiler Chicks

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MN = Hatched at our Minnesota location. You cannot pick these up, they must be shipped. All others are hatched in Alabama at our main farm.

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 drumstick 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.

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 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.

We use the Cobb 500 and Ross 308 strains of Cornish Cross. (Mostly Ross 308)

For more information on the Cobb 500 please visit the Cobb-Vantress Website.

For more information on the Ross 308 please visit the Aviagen Website.

Recommended Feeding Instructions:

  • Start them on a 20-22% Chick and/or Broiler Starter for the first 4.5 to 5 weeks.
  • Switch them to an 18% Chick Grower after that time.
  • Feed them around the clock for the first 5 days of age. After day 5 only feed during daylight hours. No feed for 12 hours. Water is okay to leave with them.
  • At 6 weeks of age males should weigh about 6lbs and females 5lbs. If you desire a larger bird they may be raised up to 9 weeks of age with males weighing about 10lbs and females 8lbs.
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