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8 lbs at 8 weeks????

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by DLS, Jul 20, 2008.

  1. DLS

    DLS Chillin' With My Peeps

    I read this some where here & it stuck in my mind.. Can a person raise chicks from hatch to 8 weeks & be 8 lbs?Please explain.
    if so I will - WILL - Try this soon
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  2. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    Last week was week 6 for my meat birds. I weighed one of the biggest ones at 8 lbs
     
  3. jjparke

    jjparke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yesterday my 5.5 weeks olds bottomed out my 5 pound scale.
     
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Broilers grow fast - like lightening.

    Mine weighed in at 10 - 13 lbs when we butchersed. They were like small turkeys.
     
  5. LazyGirl

    LazyGirl Out Of The Brooder

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    What do you feed these broilers?
     
  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Starter feed to begin with. Then grower or finisher or broiler feed - dependson what is available where you live. I finish the last weeks off with some corn for nice fat to render.
     
  7. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

    Apr 3, 2008
    Axton, VA
    Miss Prissy---I can't wait until nest year. It is on my agenda to purchase up to 50 meat birds. How many do you buy?
     
  8. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I am thinking 100 this fall.
     
  9. Cara

    Cara Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The key is to not feed them too much. If you do they may not make it to 8 weeks old. Several mealtimes a day and plenty of space to roam, and they will grow huge. I fed mine the same as everybody else, and even had one that started laying. As far as I know the other two I had are still alive; they'll be a year old in September!
     
  10. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    Quote:Can you explain the fat rendering techniques please? I remember you mentioning that before and am intrigued...
     

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