|Posted by bud98606 on January 7, 2013 at 2:45 PM|
I am becoming more and more excited about my Cornish bantams. For those of you who are not familiar with them, they are a fascinating breed. The most common varieties are Dark, White and White Laced Red, but they also come in Blue, Black, Jubilee, Blue Laced Red, Spangled, Mottled, Silver Laced, Buff and Columbian. I've also seen pictures of Barred, but i am not sure the Barred variety is recognized by the ABA (American Bantam Association). Since I raise Barred Plymouth Rocks, it only makes sense that I should try to develop my own strain of Barred Cornish Bantams! It may not work out well, but it will be fun to try! My first hatch of the season will be on January 18 and I will have Barred Rock Bantams and several varieties of Cornish Bantams coming out of the incubator and into the brooder.
Crossing a Cornish with a Rock is pretty much the original meat cross, so any birds that don't make it into the breeding pool can be harvested and utilized. Most breeders of exhibition birds cull heavily, and yes, that usually means destroying the birds that don't make the cut. When starting work on a new variety, the vast majority of the birds don't make the cut and they are destroyed and discraded. This way, at least those culls serve a useful purpose. using bantams as opposed to large fowl gives a bird that some call a cornish game hen.
Cornish are sometimes called the bulldog chicken as they have wide set legs, a huge breast that almost looks split down the middle, and a broad head with a fierce look. The fierce look is deceiving as these are some of the most docile birds I have ever raised, along with the rocks and reds.
I will be posting pictures of the chicks as they hatch and as they grow. If you stay tuned you will be able to see my progress, or possibly my lack of progress. It does take years to create a new variety!