I weighed the Bresse on Saturday, which is the halfway point of their "finish" period.
Also, in an earlier post, I said they were all around 4 pounds, but shortly after making that statement, I took a much more accurate scale and weighed each one individually. Then they were tagged.
ID# Weight 9/27 Weight 10/11 Gain
392 2lbs. 10 oz. 3lbs. 8 oz. 14 oz.
391 3lbs. 14 oz. 4lbs. 14 oz. 16 oz.
389 3lbs. 12 oz. 4lbs. 11 oz. 15 oz.
400 4lbs. 1 oz. 5lbs. 1 oz. 16 oz.
377 3lbs. 14 oz. 4lbs. 10 oz. 12 oz.
376 3lbs. 14 oz. 4lbs. 12 oz. 14 oz.
Total food consumed: 3 lbs per day x 14 days = 42lbs.
Milk consumed: 3.5 gallons
Total Weight Gain: 4.812 pounds
11.5% feed conversion rate.
Cost of Feed:
- Crumble: $4.48
- Grains: $8.40
- Milk: $10.50
Total: $23.38 or $3.90 per bird.
I've made a few adjustments along the way. They are consuming all of three pounds of feed and a quart of milk per day for the six of them. It was a little up and down at first.
The plan for the moment is to increase their milk and possibly make cracked corn available for scratch instead of the grain mixture. I'm going to check some labels for fat content and make that decision. The scratch they are currently getting is 9% fat. I'm not sure what the cracked corn is. I'm hoping to increase their carbohydrates somehow in the hope they bulk up a little. This may be anatomically and genetically impossible, but I'll try it.
In two weeks I'll weigh them again. They are supposed to be processed then. I may wait an additional week or two after that depending on what their weight gain is. In two weeks they will be 16 weeks old.
They are very healthy and seem to like the changing weather here in Northern Ohio. They do not mind being handled and they are ALL crowing.
I'll post more information as I gather it.
Here's hoping that all my math is right!
Remember this is an experiment. I've never done this before, so it's all trial and error. I'm hoping the information posted here is helpful in some way. Suggestions are always welcome.
Be good to yourselves.
Edited by rootes - 10/14/15 at 3:00am