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post #11 of 17
I have 25 3 week old CX. I gave them free choice for the first two weeks. Then I switched to a 12 hour on/off schedule. The birds are all healthy and pretty active. I put them outside during the afternoons when I get home from work and they are content to practice flying and foraging in the yard. They don't seem as sensitive to cooler temps as my layers did. I would like to move them out of the garage soon but with overnight temps projected in the 30's this week I will stick with what I am doing now. If it was warmer I would not hesitate to move them out in a lean to with some heat for cool night temps.
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post #12 of 17

I use this chart to gauge how much feed to give them at any given age.  I don't weigh out the exact amount of feed each day, but count scoops.  My feed scoop is 3 pounds.  As you can see, I create a chart by week for the number of birds that I have in a batch.

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post #13 of 17

I know this is an older thread, but I have a couple of questions. I have 25 cx and this is my 2nd time around. I did use starter/ grower and now at the 3 week mark i'm planning on going to 12 on 12 off feeding schedule. I got this batch from a different hatchery than last year 2 were dead on arrival and within hrs. 5 more died. I now have one smaller than the rest that has a weird problem with her leg, it sticks out to the side and she doesn't walk well. Last years batch I never lost a bird, and all were healthy. I'll never buy from them again. questions are what does the leg problem sound like to you more experienced folks. I read something about "splayed leg" or some sort last year, but can not find it. Second is at 3 weeks too soon to go to 12 and 12? 

As I gazed at my breakfast this morning I realized, the chicken contributed, but the pig was committed.

 

2 dogs (freeloaders), 8 layers, 4 pygmy goats (freeloaders) 25 CX, 1 wife (not a freeloader) 1 cockatoo, 1 severe mac caw (both freeloaders), and a rescued cat (freeloader but only temporarily I hope). And oh yeah and about 90,000 females living out beside the garage (not freeloaders).

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As I gazed at my breakfast this morning I realized, the chicken contributed, but the pig was committed.

 

2 dogs (freeloaders), 8 layers, 4 pygmy goats (freeloaders) 25 CX, 1 wife (not a freeloader) 1 cockatoo, 1 severe mac caw (both freeloaders), and a rescued cat (freeloader but only temporarily I hope). And oh yeah and about 90,000 females living out beside the garage (not freeloaders).

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post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by waltandlori View Post

I know this is an older thread, but I have a couple of questions. I have 25 cx and this is my 2nd time around. I did use starter/ grower and now at the 3 week mark i'm planning on going to 12 on 12 off feeding schedule. I got this batch from a different hatchery than last year 2 were dead on arrival and within hrs. 5 more died. I now have one smaller than the rest that has a weird problem with her leg, it sticks out to the side and she doesn't walk well. Last years batch I never lost a bird, and all were healthy. I'll never buy from them again. questions are what does the leg problem sound like to you more experienced folks. I read something about "splayed leg" or some sort last year, but can not find it. Second is at 3 weeks too soon to go to 12 and 12? 
I am not sure about the leg. I have onenof my 25 that is having a leg issue also, though I think it may be broken. I am going to cull it.
As for the feeding I started feeding mine 12 and 12 at 3 weeks. They are healthy and growing (except for the 1) right on track.
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post #15 of 17

Would you recommend restricting feed to daytime only during the entire production run or just towards the end?

My chicks are 1 week old and I have been losing about 1 per day (started with 110). I have been feeding ad libitum but I am thinking about restricting feed to see if mortality is reduced, but I am a little worried about starving them as they are the ridiculously fast growing type. Thanks! 

post #16 of 17

John, the Cornish Cross birds will eat themselves to death if allowed to.  But at 1 week old I would be looking for other problems. Too cold? Do you have them on any supplements like broiler booster? are they piling up and suffocating one per day? < if piling then you need to divide them in half 100 might be too many when they are trying to warm up in a pile. 

We followed the Welp Hatchery feeding guidelines to a T, at this point they should only have for 12 hours a day free choice. Then around 3 weeks we measured the amount for the day and fed it in three meals: as soon as we woke up, lunch, and then about 1-2 hours before sunset so they can sleep happy with their crops full. We just finished our 100 these past two saturdays, good luck!

We raise broilers in the spring & Turkeys in the summer/fall. We also have dominiques, Easter Eggers, silkies, barnyard specials, red sex links, silver laced wyandottes, buff orpingtons, light brahmas, blue cochin, & polish. All loved by a toddler & brindle boxer. 4 generations on one farm 😊 We have a couple cows and 5 pigs, too!
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We raise broilers in the spring & Turkeys in the summer/fall. We also have dominiques, Easter Eggers, silkies, barnyard specials, red sex links, silver laced wyandottes, buff orpingtons, light brahmas, blue cochin, & polish. All loved by a toddler & brindle boxer. 4 generations on one farm 😊 We have a couple cows and 5 pigs, too!
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post #17 of 17
Thank you eviemethugh.
I will implement the feeding guidelines starting now on day 8.
Will let you how things turn out.
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