Originally Posted by LadyIsadora
I think I am just about ready for a group of chickens. I was going to order some Cornish Cross but, in re-reading the order-form I would have to order 100 of them at a time. That is so not going to happen. My plan was to get 10 or so, grow them for 10 weeks, or so, Pack them off to camp while I start with 10 more for 10 more weeks and have them all put up by the time the Deer hunt starts.
What would you all suggest for a beginner chicken person who just wants a flock of meaties to begin with?
I know a few people on here love to incubate, do you sell them on KSL? here? What do you do with them?
I guess what Im getting at is, I would rather buy chicks from people on here than IFA if anyone is selling yummy birds, that will get reasonably big in 10 weeks or so; not beautiful & friendly pets or layers.
Also, for anyone interested in incubating, I have duck eggs that are likely fertile, though not tested. If you want to try your hand at ducks, let me know.
We bought 50 Cornish X at Cal
ranch spring before last. If you buy them from there you can get as many or as few as you want.
Ours grew to about 17lbs live weight average and were only 13 weeks old. if you get some, only allow food during the day, clean out the pen often(they poop a ton), and don't put off harvesting them. There bodies can't support their weight gain. We tried waiting an extra week and within two days we lost 20+ birds to heat attacks. I thought it would be hard to harvest them but since they were having heat attacks and couldn't hardly walk anymore, it became rude to keep them alive. If you need to put of harvest, we had some suggest putting water pills and asprin in their water to help their hearts. If we wouldn't have had the losses those last few days we would have had meat around $1.50 per pound, instead of around $2.8. Next time we will harvest early and sacrifice some grown to save full chickens worth of meat.
Good luck with your endeavors.
Edit; make sure someone is holding their wings when you harvest them. Ours would break their wings and fill the breast meat with blood. Not something you want to eat.Edited by hgillins - 2/15/16 at 7:04am