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    Approximate Pounds of Feed/Bird: X-Rocks

    Approximately how many pounds of feed does it take to raise one X-rock to 8 weeks? Or, approximately how many pounds of feed does it take to raise 25 x-rocks to butchering age (8 weeks)? Thanks,!!
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    3 Months

    Finished butchering the last of the 50 Freedom Rangers I received on Apr 8. I started butchering the roosters 3 weeks ago, butchered some more the following weekend and finished up with the smallest 15 today. Almost 12 weeks and 1, 500 lbs of feed later, I have a freezer full of vacuum - packed...
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    Interesting Observations After Butchering

    I butchered 21 FR's yesterday. For the most part, one bird looked like all the others, but I did notice a couple interesting oddities. At least two birds had deformed hip joints. Primarily, I observed that the ball of the femur was deteriotated with what I suspect to be arthritis. In one...
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    Salmonella Outbreak From Baby Chicks

    Just got this message from my Dad: http://www.ajc.com/news/salmonella-sickens-kids-handling-973518.html Very interesting because I just got out of the hospital for some type of bug...
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    Illness and Hospitalization From Raising Chickens?

    I've had 2 hospitalizations over the past year. Both were some sort of "bug". The first was an e-coili infection, the second is unidentified. I'm curious to know if other chicken raisers experienced frequent bacterial/viral infections resulting in hospitalization. I don't know if my sickness...
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    One-legged Chick: Will It Thrive?

    Noticed today that one of my 3 week old chicks' leg has drawn up into a claw. Will it be able to thrive as an adult?
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    Rooster Behavior

    I 've raised probably over 100 meat birds so, I'm pretty familiar with young rooster. But from my last batch of Freedom Rangers, I let two roosters grow till mature. Now, they are acting like roosters but I'm a little concerned. While mounting, they really tear up the hens combs and tear the...
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    Does Extra Protein Make a Real Difference?

    I am not 100% convinced that feeding higher protein feed to meat birds makes any difference in growth. I've raised birds on 18% chick starter and the last batch on 20% grower. There was no detectable or significant difference in the grow time for these birds. Does anyone have research showing...
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    Butchering This Week and NOT Going to Gut....

    Last time I butchered, I cut up a couple chickens without gutting them. Basically I cut the entire 1/2 of the chicken away from the carcass and then do the other side. Then I cut off the leg quarters, and wings, then de-skin the breast. I really liked this and my wife liked having the...
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    Done With Meat Birds

    I think I'm going to start raising dual-purpose birds and stop with meat birds. I lost two more birds the past two days and if I don't lose anymore birds, I'm now up to almost $10.00/bird. I think I'm going to purchase 25 dual-purpose birds and use them for a sustaining stock of eggs and meat...
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    Can Chickens Sustain Themselves?

    I have free ranging leghorns and a couple freedom ranger hens. Just out of curiosity, is it practical for these birds to successfully thrive on free range only? I have 5 acres of woods/grass.
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    2 Dead Chicks: Dehydration?

    Woke up this AM to two dead chicks. Actually 1 dead chick and 1 dieing chick. They had water when I went to bed but it was empty this morning. Is it probable that the chicks died from dehydration?
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    Another Batch of Freedom Rangers Has Arrived

    Just picked up 27 FR's from the post office. I am also picking up 600 lbs of fresh ground 20% starter from a local mill. I've always used Purina in the past, so I'm curious to see any difference with this fresh-ground feed. Off the bat, it will save me about $1.50 per bag of feed. If I had...
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    Ducks: Taste and Raising Questions

    1. What does duck meat taste like? 2. Do ducks require water, other than for drinking? Thanks!
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    Freedom Rangers' Eggs: Are they Always smallish

    I know layers always start off with small eggs, but do the FR's eggs stay small or do they start producing full size eggs?
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    Estimated Life Span of Hen

    What is the natural life expectancy of a layer? I have a hen that has just about played out and am curious about how long she MIGHT live.
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    "My Pet Chicken.com": Shipping Prices for 8 Birds

    I was initially pleased when I saw a website called www.MyPetChicken.com. The site offers to sell/ship as few as three birds. I'm wanting to add a couple egg-layers and thought this was perfect. I was shocked to find that shipping for 5 birds was over $30.00. I can't justify that much money...
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    Source For Adding a Few Hens?

    I want to add a couple hens to my stock but am unsure where to find a source. Do I just go to the feed store? I've always read that introducing chicks from outside sources may cause disease problems. Of course, I don't breed any chickens so they all come from some type of outside source, i.e...
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    "Filleting"

    Anyone ever "fillet" your birds? I did 5 Freedom Rangers today by filleting the meat off the carcass. I worked really well and went smooth and easy. I like skinless chicken breast and the rest of the tribe likes dark meat with skin. We don't eat the backs and the only internal organ we eat is...
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    Raise Quail Without 24 Hour Caging?

    Raise chickens and thinking of trying quail. I don't like caging animals anymore than absolutely necessary. Is it possible to raise quail without caging 24/7?
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