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best way to get meat birds fat and healthy quicker

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by [email protected], Dec 13, 2012.

  1. bassmaster1498@aol.com

    [email protected] In the Brooder

    Dec 8, 2011
    I have just started in the chicken business I am raising day old chicks to 8 weeks old then selling them to a guy. I am wondering what is the best feed I could use to get the chickens healthy and fat quicker? I am using chick starter but feed prices are high so, i'm trying to find a way if there is any other way to get the cost of feed down for me. I thought about making my own feed i'm trying to look into it but, thought I would see what everyone thinks on here first. any ideas or advice I would appreciate it.

  2. TheSpeckledRoo

    TheSpeckledRoo Chirping

    Dec 10, 2012
    I use turkey feed. They grow very fast and large. After about three weeks of turkey feed i would switch it back to normal chicken feed. If you do this MAKE SURE that you place the food and water on top of a ramp so they have to walk up the ramp to get your food and water. By doing this you strengthen the chickens legs fast enough to accommodate their growth.
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    That's a really good idea, SpeckledRoo...I like the ramp idea. Seems like CornishX are more than happy to move as little as possible and just gorge at the feeders all day - like the exercise idea!
  4. Kaitie09

    Kaitie09 Songster

    May 28, 2009
    South Central, PA
    We also put our food on top of a hill to promote movement. Mine dressed out between 4 and 7 lbs at the end and I still had birds that were running and hopping around because their legs could accommodate their weight. One thing we did was put the water at the bottom of the hill. This made them walk up and down the hill all day going back and forth between food and water.
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2012
  5. Shades of Blue

    Shades of Blue Songster

    Apr 15, 2012
    Ontario, Canada
    thanks for the ramp idea.....I am putting in some Cornish x this spring and will do this to help out their legs and lungs. [​IMG]
  6. Evangelina

    Evangelina In the Brooder

    Apr 20, 2013
    What would you make the ramp out of? Any ideas?

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