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

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    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?

    Thanks!!:eek:
     
  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

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    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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