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  1. ngamtnman

    Meaties will be here in the morning!

    They will be three weeks old Monday. I turned the light off last night for the first time. I was a little worried about doing it because since irene came through here last Sunday and Monday we have went from 90* in the day and 65-70 at night to not even making it out of the 60s during the day...
  2. ngamtnman

    Meaties will be here in the morning!

    Just a quick update: They turned two weeks old today. All are doing very well and growing very fast. I changed my schedule a little and I'm now going to process this batch at 6 weeks so I can squeeze in a second batch. They will be here next week and I will process them at 7-8 weeks.
  3. ngamtnman

    What do you use for a scald pot?

    I just bought a Bayou Classic turkey fryer off amazon. I got the pot and burner and hookup for a propane tank. and was $45 because it was basically scratch and dent. The box was tore up and the lid of the fryer a few small dents but that didn't matter to me. I get to try it out this coming...
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    Meaties will be here in the morning!

    No I didn't put anything in the water when I first got them. I ordered some electrolyte mix to use next spring when I do a batch. I haven't lost anymore; they all seem to be thriving very well now.
  5. ngamtnman

    Meaties will be here in the morning!

    I figured I'd give an update and share my experience since I noticed several other members planning to do cornish x for the first time next spring. I had 5 die in the first 48 hours. I did notice a few that seemed to be a little weak (they would either lay down or stand with their eyes closed...
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    Meaties will be here in the morning!

    Post office called at 6:15 this morning and said the chicks had arrived. I got up there around 9:30 and brought them straight home and put them in the brooder pen. I ordered 25 Cornish x and 5 easter eggers for the fiance (she doesn't like chickens but when I told her what kind of eggs they lay...
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    Meaties will be here in the morning!

    Well, after a 2 1/2 month wait, the meaties will finally be here in the morning. The hot Georgia heat is finally letting up some. I've got the brooder pen fired up and ready; food and water is already out. This is my first batch of Cornish x I've ever done. I have done regular birds before and...
  8. ngamtnman

    How Fast Does a Barrel Type Plucker Turn?

    I don't know anything about a taxidermy tumbler but I'm guessing it's similar to a washing machine tub on spin cycle but slower. So, if that's the case then I think it may work but be somewhat slow. I think it would help if there was a stationary object in there for the bird to catch on at...
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    How Fast Does a Barrel Type Plucker Turn?

    Here's a basic overview on how to build one: http://www.backyardpoultrymag.com/issues/3/3-3/affordable-homemade-poultry-plucker.html
  10. ngamtnman

    How Fast Does a Barrel Type Plucker Turn?

    The book recommends a 3/4 hp motor. They usually turn at 1725 rpm , so you have to gear it down. On mine I have a 2.5" pulley on the motor and a 16" pulley on the shaft, so it turns at 260 rpm. On the whiz bang the barrel stays stationary with fingers in the sides and then a shaft with a 20"...
  11. ngamtnman

    How Fast Does a Barrel Type Plucker Turn?

    The whizbang book I have recomends 150-300 rpm.
  12. ngamtnman

    Looking for Motors for Whizzbang - Look Here!

    That's a stepped shaft with no slot for a key, only a snap ring groove. I don't think that will work too well. Be hard to keep a pulley from spinning on that shaft, especially when you threw a chicken in the plucker. If you look around ebay you can find a good deal. I got a 3/4hp dayton motor...
  13. ngamtnman

    DIY Plucker Question

    I bought a brand new feather plate, shaft with the flange already welded to the shaft and 125 rubber fingers off ebay for $195. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=300554729077 I figured that's a steal of a deal considering all the finger kits I have ever seen are around $100...
  14. ngamtnman

    Ordered my Whizbang parts

    I completed my Whiz bang about three weeks ago and will be trying it out on some New Hampshire Reds, Black Jersey Giants and Barred Rocks in about a month and then Cornish X a month later. It's actually really simple to build, just a little time consuming.
  15. ngamtnman

    "White broilers" vs. "jumbo Cornish X Rocks"

    Quote: It took a railcar full of money, a bus load of geneticists and, just recent years, and a semifull of computers to get today's meat chicken. Oh yeah- and about 75 years. To be sucessful I would suggest you start out with the White Rocks that they had 75 years ago and the Cornish that...
  16. ngamtnman

    "White broilers" vs. "jumbo Cornish X Rocks"

    Thanks for the info guys! I've never really be able to find a whole lot of info on them before, I thought they were all still crossed between a cornish rooster and white rock hen. Any idea on how to produce your own parent line? Just take a a plump rooster and hen and start breeding? Are there...
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    "White broilers" vs. "jumbo Cornish X Rocks"

    From my under standing of them, the "x" stands for cross (cornish cross), because they are a cross between a cornish rooster and a white rock hen. So that's why some refer to them as cornish rocks. So cornish x/cornish cross/cornish rock are all the same.
  18. ngamtnman

    Double walled galvanized waterer

    I've used one similar to that one and it was junk imho. I could never get it to do right and keep the pan filled. The only ones I could ever get to do right are the plastic hanging waters.
  19. ngamtnman

    Whelp or Meyer -- an opinions either way?

    I bought 44 chicks earlier this year from Meyer and they're all doing great. I ordered my first batch of cornish x for august 22 and was planning on processing in mid ocotober also.
  20. ngamtnman

    No More Meaties

    Next month I start my first batch of cornish x, I plan to process all 25 in mid-October. I've also got about 20 roosters to process in September out of my main flock.
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