Originally Posted by draye
Well I don't know then. I wouldn't think a 16 week old chicken that's cooped would be tough and stringy.
I feed mine out with non-medicated chick starter ( actually its game bird feed) and sweet feed mixed together. The sweet feed mix I get for about $6.00 a bag they call it floor sweepings, it is totally good feed just what drops to the floor while milling it. They guarantee a 8% but I think it's really more a 14 to 15% protein.
Maybe the next ones will turn out better.
Well, I've decided to take my last birds for processing this year just before Christmas. That will give me birds that are 24, 23, 19, and 15.5 weeks old. I could also take some cockerels that will be 12-weeks-old at that time if I want (haven't decided.) That should give me a comparison to what I got the first time, as well as birds that should be bigger...the question is will they be tastier?
Anyway, decided that my current hatch, which has just begun day 8, will be my last setting until Jan. 22, 2016. Saves me worrying about culling them myself.
This should let me cull my existing laying flock by as early as Dec. 22nd. I have already put the 2 additional BCM roo's in with the main flock, and while they are avoiding my Rooster, they are gaining confidence (they will be 20-weeks-old tomorrow). So hopefully my January setting will have a great fertility rate, and will all be 2nd generation.
I have made a lot of mistakes in this first year, and hopefully they are behind me now. My last hatch has been through a cocci epidemic during which I lost 17 of 32 (so far), so I think the only thing I haven't experienced is a predator attack on the runs.