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It’s -12° and our chickens are laying plenty of eggs — 3 Comments

  1. Hi Jackie!
    Saw that you were planning on crossing your Cornish X’s with White Rocks. I’ve been working on that breeding program for years with some success. (And when it’s successful, the birds are HUGE!) Worst problem I’ve had is the Cornish females only live about a year & a half so it’s not been terribly sustainable. What I’ve had GREAT luck with however is crossing the slow-grow broiler females to White Rock males. I keep only White Rocks for egg-layers & when I cross the black or red broilers to the white males, I can tell as soon as they hatch if they’re broiler or layer stock by their color. They don’t grow any faster than regular birds, but they are large & meaty. Further, after the first generation, I cross one of those male offspring to another batch of slow-grow broilers & now I have a bird that’s 3/4’s broiler. It’s not fool-proof & eventually I’ll have to introduce new blood & start over, but it beats having to order those sickly Cornish X’s several times a year & buying the expensive high-protein feed for them. We’ve eaten a LOT of home-bred broilers the last couple of years!

  2. I am sure you have been told this before…but you are and inspiration to me. We all have purpose in this world and Jackie sweety, I believe that the Good Lord has put you on this earth to help others by educating them on being self sufficient. I am blessed to have come acrossed a video of yours on you tube and in turn brought me to the Backwoods Home Magazine.

    Thank you

  3. We decided to try to raise our own cornish crosses this year too! That is so cool! I can not wait to see how it works out. Please keep us updated on how yours do!