Originally Posted by gjensen
@ 7 months, and 15.00, they are getting sold at cost. After 12 wks they are eating between 4 and 5 oz per day (no waste). @ 5oz per day and .30 cent per pound of feed, we are in the neighborhood of ten dollars from between 3 months and 7 months. Feed is usually 80% of the cost of raising the bird. (It costs around 5 dollars to get them to 12 wks. @ .30 cents per pound.)
The cost effectiveness of poultry meat declines rapidly (and in a big way) after 12 and 14 wks.
This is where that cursed growth curve comes into effect. We want to harvest a respectable carcass at the peak of their efficiency. Once we identify what that point is, then we can see what kind of progress we need to make, and select accordingly.
Or just watch for the feathers laying everywhere.
It is easy enough to divide the pounds fed to a group of birds and divide it by the number of birds fed. That gives us our pounds of feed per pound of flesh gained. A number that matters. This number varies wildly from strain to strain. There is marked differences between them.
It can potentially cost twice as much between 12 wks and 24 wks, than from between 0 and 12 wks.
I get rid of cockerel culls here for cost. It saves me money.
Yeah, now that I have a better handle on things, I'm going to track feed as well as weight next hatch (unless I end up using a broody, which might complicate things...)
I'm pulling the plug on my smaller-than-I'd-like hatchery New Hampshire frat boys at around 14 weeks, this weekend. I keep telling myself that it does NOT make sense to wait and hope they'll get bigger. (Also, they're starting to pick on each other). So your post is very timely in reminding me of this. I'll be culling the two smallest NN boys as well - they're being a PIA anyway - Sweetie got another gash (great that she's so naked, but not great that she gets these...)
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