In mine and my husband’s continuing effort to be more self-sufficient, less dependent on grocery stores, and have more control over what we eat, we started raising meat chickens this past spring. A free ranging meat bird would not have worked in our situation at the time; we were living in a rental house with limited land and close neighbors. Because of these constraints, I was led to the Cornish Cross for our choice to raise. They are a meat chicken that is bred to grow very quickly (8 weeks to slaughter) and do well in confinement. They will not even forage for food themselves even if given the opportunity. They also are bred to have limited feathering on their chest which makes them easier to pluck. I received them as day old chicks at the end of May, and had them processed at the end of July right at the 8 week mark. There are some things that I learned about this breed in my very short time with them.
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