Cornish Cross
 
Cornish Cross
Cornish Cross
 

This is the breed most people have in their mind when they think of chickens: white feathers, yellow legs and beak, with a red comb and wattles. The Cornish Cross is a stocky meat breed that comprises most of the chicken meat purchased in supermarkets across the US today. Bred for confinement and rapid growth in the modern industrial agriculture complex has lead to variety of health problems in these birds due to their extremely fast growth. Due to their heavy weight at eight pounds and up, they will supply plenty of meat. They do not make great egg layers and are not especially docile, though they do bear confinement well.