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        11-12-2012, 10:01 PM
    Aaahhhh noo. So I'm guessing I should stop waiting for eggs then? Thanksgiving is coming up soon..... Lol. I couldn't eat her. Eggs or not she's like a second daughter lol.
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        11-12-2012, 10:06 PM
    Green Broke
    IF she is a Cornish X which I cannot tell from the small pictures, she may get so big she can no longer walk. Cornish X birds are basically the mutant meat bird and not able to live very long usually because they are bed to get ginormous.
        11-12-2012, 10:07 PM
    Oh no, don't tell me that. What if I blow the pics up? Lol
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        11-12-2012, 10:20 PM
    Ok try this again....
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        11-12-2012, 10:54 PM
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    Originally Posted by OutOfTheLoop    
    She was yellow when she was born, if that tells you anything, She is HUGE. She's very fat with big thick legs. She's a sweetheart though.
    She is the biggest one out of the bunch. Her name is Waddles... because she waddles.
    Sorry to say, she sounds and looks like the meat cross Delfina is talking about.
    Take heart though, while you may not ever get any eggs from her, it sounds like you probably raised her on a typical chick to egg layer diet (thinking she was a laying type of bird) instead of the high protein/overload table bird diet.
    So she may be able to live a regular life and be ok.
    *fingers crossed for her*
        11-12-2012, 11:01 PM
    I've been googling a lot since this thread. She's not as big as I thought compared to the pictures that show up when I type Cornish x. The other one in the pic died at about 3 months old. I went to open the coop hat morning and she was just laying there with her legs stuck up in the air lol. I put waddles on a diet cause she was so fat. She has lost a little weight. I give her 2 handfuls of the layer crumbles in the afternoon, and hide berries in her coop for her to find lol. I avnt noticed her struggling to get around or anything. If I do, ill send her off for dinner. I would hate for her to suffer, and from what I read, she would if she got too big.
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        11-14-2012, 07:01 PM
    Waddles is adorable, hope she doesn't get too fat I had no idea meat birds were bred that way, that is terrible.

    Still no eggs here they are almost 5 1/2 months old now
        11-23-2012, 02:17 PM
    Here are some pics from yesterday of my moms hens, they are free range during the day and get put in their coop for night.
        11-23-2012, 02:26 PM
    Green Broke
    The coop looks like it's open? Does it close up completely to keep them warm at night?

    A heat lamp may help them start laying, chickens don't like being cold!
        11-23-2012, 03:00 PM
    Originally Posted by Delfina    
    The coop looks like it's open? Does it close up completely to keep them warm at night?

    A heat lamp may help them start laying, chickens don't like being cold!
    There is a back part of the coop that is completely enclosed except for doggie door so they can choose whether or not they want to be inside or "outside" just can't see that from the pics , there are also nesting boxes in the inside part

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