Anyone having leg troubles with colored roasters?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by jfarm, Aug 1, 2008.

  1. jfarm

    jfarm Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 2, 2007
    I am raising my first round of broilers. I received 25 red bros from Ideal 10 days ago. The arrived in great condition and have been thriving. Now today two of them are falling down and tipping over. I thought they weren't supposed to have leg problems like the cornish x. I fed them chick starter for the first few days and now they are on organic all purpose - which the gal at the feed store assured me would not promote too rapid growth. Anyone have this problem now? What should I do?

  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    If it was me, I would get them on a 24% broiler feed and supplement with a poultry vitamin. They need the protein to build their muscle, which is genetically bred into them to form.
  3. FutureChickenMan

    FutureChickenMan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 29, 2007
    the protein is crucial, what % protein feed are they getting now?

    my birds started going ape when I switched from 20% down to 16%. So I switched back to 20%.

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