OK i know this has nothing to do with mushrooms as the conversation is going in that direction...lol but i am paniced as i am getting a dozen or so broilers next week and have forgotten what i should feed them. I am going to start them out on the organic starter/grower.... should i just feed them that throughout their short life or until i do some finisher the last couple weeks? Or should i order grains? I have heard if you do grains and ferment them that is better for the birds...fills them up...is better for their constant pooping...etc.... what do you all feed your broilers and where do you buy your feed? I live in Central mn smack dab in the middle of st. cloud and msp. thanks for your help...
As a Self proclaimed CX expert. DO not over feed them.
The first 2 days give them a starter around 18-20 percent. Give it to them 12 hours a day. And lots of water. Keep the water and Feed as far apart as possible. Make them walk. Do not leave the feed with them 24 hours a day!
Starting on Day 3 only feed them twice a day, morning and night. I give them as much as they can eat in 15-20 minutes. they will stuff themselves then back off the feeder. Take the feeder away. Make sure they have lots of water. I give mine soil/sand from the garden/yard to play and pick at. It gets the bugs in my soil into them in a small dose and they can develop immunities. At this point you can drop down to a 15% grower. Medicated or not is up to you. I do not medicate. Just know if you get that Cocci stuff it can wipe out all chicks in a day. I take the risk, but know it is there.
After about 2 weeks they are ready to Free Range a few hours a day. If you decide to free range do not feed them before you send them out the door. They will not free range if they are full. It is amazing how many bugs and seeds they will eat in a day. I love free ranging CX's. I feed them every night at this point to get them back in the tractor/coop. I still only feed 15% protein. and 20 minutes. LOTS OF WATER!
I know a lot of people will tell you, this is a crazy way to grow them. They feed them 22% protein until they butcher. 12 hours a day. I tried that. I had heart attacks, leg issues, kidney (ascites) problems and the birds needed to be culled at 40-42 days. They were not happy birds I hated what I had for birds.
I decided to try them this way and I liked the birds. they were happy, they lived to be 13 weeks when I would process them. My roosters go 11-13 pounds my hens 8-10. They are huge delicious birds! Fit for a king. I never have the horror stories you hear about CX's when raised this way.
I have had all kinds of people tell me it is impossible to raise them like I do...They are wrong... The guy in the feed store told me I would have leg problems and the birds would be crippled and not make good meet. So be prepared to hear all kinds of stuff......
I roasted a breast last week, the breast was 4.5 pounds! it was great. We had the original meal, then sandwiches, and finally a white stew. A Quarter will weigh 2 pounds easily! The drumsticks are great. no little bones to bother you!
Good luck on them.