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How much feed will cornish x rocks eat before slaughter?

post #1 of 16
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Just crunching some numbers. We don't have space for free range. Just curious how many lbs I can expect each chicken to go through by 8 weeks.... Thanks for the help!

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post #2 of 16

Fifteen pounds each is a safe assumtion.

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Thanks! My other Q would be what feed do most of you do? I've heard diff opinions from feed stores, starter beginning to end, starter then scratch, starter then game feed.... help?

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We used the Tractor supply brand - high protein

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I use a 23% unmedicated feed the whole time.  I have read that many here on the BYC use a higher protein feed, but 23% works good for me.  After two weeks old, I feel it's best to feed 12 hours with feed, 12 hours without.  If you do this, it will help them from over eating which will decrease unwanted early deaths.  A few may die for no apparent reason.  This is one of the undesirable traits of the Cornish X.  I was told by someone who used to raised 10,000 a year that losing 1 in 12 is typical, which is about what I've expirienced.

Hope this helps.

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post #6 of 16

I feed 20% protein unmedicated broiler mix.  I think anything over 20 is fine.  I do 12 on, 12 off.  I agree on the death rate bigredfeather mentioned- I've experienced similar.

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I can't find a single feed store that has grower/broiler, starter/grower medicated is all I can find.... any recs on where to find it online - cheap?

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post #8 of 16

I also use the Tractor Supply Brand, Dumor. They make a 24% protein I use from start to finish. I also do the 12 on 12 off.


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I can't find a single feed store that has grower/broiler, starter/grower medicated is all I can find.... any recs on where to find it online - cheap?


Locate a purina dealer--I get mine from purina.

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post #10 of 16

2lbs of feed per 1lb of weight gain is the ideal feed conversion.  We shoot for 6.5-7lbs live weight.  That products about a 5.5lb carcus.

Cornish X hens typically gain 2oz a day the first week and then go to 4oz a day for the next few weeks, slowing down at about 8-10 weeks.

Cocks gain a little quicker, and are usually ready at 8-10 weeks, hens at 10-12 weeks.  We usually order hens. 12 hours on 12 hours off on feed is a good idea.  They grow so fast, it's better for their health.

Any feed over 20% should be fine.  However, protein is protein.  The more they have, the more they grow. 

If you can't find unmedicated feed, find a feed store.  TSC isn't much of a feed store.  They carry feed, but only what's mainsteam and it usually costs more.   Starter was $14 a bag at TSC, 24% from local feed store was $9.  Google feed store in your City, try purina's website for dealers.  You can also try the yellow pages (online) for feed stores in a city that is not too far, but in the country.

We usually do 100 a year, 50 for us and 50 for friends...

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