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These are breeds that man has produced to give higher productivity or specially selected features (such as docility for battery production). They may be related to the standard breeds but each parent stock has in the main been specially selected for many years. Most are 'patented' - the qualities cannot be reproduced simply by using the same pure breeds at home.
Many of the hybrids have started from the Rhode Island Red and mostly produce brown eggs
Hybrids developed for free range tend, in general, to be heavier and fuller feathered than those developed for battery conditions.
Bovans Nova - UK - same cross as the Black Rock from different strains of parent birds, a recent introduction from Holland. They tend to be lighter than other hybrids bred for free range.
Hebdon Black - UK again a simliar cross, this hybrid has looser feathers and therefore probably less suited to exposed areas. The egg colour is meant to be slightly darker than the previous two.
in America this cross is known as the Black Sex link - the Harco Black - the Arbour Acre Black
Red birds - free range
red feathered - tend to
be extensively reared, slower growing, mostly grain fed and kept in forested
I have recently order 25 of the Cornish Cross. I am not too familiar
with these birds, can someone give me some advice on what to expect?