Breeding your own Cornish Cross variation

close up of cornish cross hens

Is it worth the effort trying
to breed your own variation of a Cornish Cross chicken?

My limited amount of research
suggests it’s not a good use of homesteading time. It took poultry
specialists decades of costly trials to come up with the current
version, which will not breed true no matter how much folks want it to.

One story I came across told
a tale of a woman who made a pet out of one of their Cornish Cross
chickens. She reports the chicken did okay until it manged to drown
itself in a cattle trough. I suspect a chicken not smart enough to
avoid basic farm hazards would have trouble living past the Summer.

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