Chronicles of Raising Meat Birds - Modern Broilers, Heritage and Hybrids

jolenesdad

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That's really interesting -- and an argument in favor of hatching eggs, rather than shipping in chicks, who may not have any opportunity to eat within the first 48 or 72 hours.
THAT is exactly where my discussion has stemmed from with Moyers. Discussing larger production and discussing ship and transit times and I mentioned to John how I understand a yolk can sustain a chick for 72 hours, however, it’s undeniable that my home-hatched chicks are eating before that.

so he told me about this first 72 hours learning how to eat and crop filling and reducing And said hatching your own is always better and this is why large commercial farms have hatcheries within an hour of them providing the chicks.

it’s also why a natural light cycle from the beginning can reduce growth rates and why the label rouge and humane systems here call for a natural light cycle after the first four days of a chicks life I guess.

also saw this.... looks perfect for a brooder!

 

Kusanar

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THAT is exactly where my discussion has stemmed from with Moyers. Discussing larger production and discussing ship and transit times and I mentioned to John how I understand a yolk can sustain a chick for 72 hours, however, it’s undeniable that my home-hatched chicks are eating before that.

so he told me about this first 72 hours learning how to eat and crop filling and reducing And said hatching your own is always better and this is why large commercial farms have hatcheries within an hour of them providing the chicks.

it’s also why a natural light cycle from the beginning can reduce growth rates and why the label rouge and humane systems here call for a natural light cycle after the first four days of a chicks life I guess.

also saw this.... looks perfect for a brooder!

Just a tip, as a person that is in the purchasing department of my company and buying things like that... U-Line is EXPENSIVE on most things.... I would recommend looking for a place near you that supplies commercially. They get better deals on most things and tend to pass them along and may be willing to sell a roll or 2 to someone willing to pay cash for significantly less than u-line. Possibly look for corrugated manufacturers near you as well. I believe that the kraft paper is basically the same thing used to make cardboard and they may even have roll ends that they would sell or give away. Your local newspaper may also have cheap or free roll ends of blank newsprint, we had one in our basement when I was a kid, about 3.5-4 feet tall and still had a good 3-4 inches of paper wrapped around the core but it wasn't enough to be worth loading onto one of their machines so they gave it away.

But for a price example, I (my company) pays about $21.50 per 30" roll of smooth kraft paper, U-line charges $40 for the exact thing I buy... Someone off the street may not get that good of a deal (I cut close to $10K in PO's to my supplier a week), but they should get better than u-line if you find someone local that makes or caries it in bulk for other uses.

Even Amazon tends to be cheaper than U-Line on a lot of things oddly enough
 

Morrigan

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Just set my first eggs of the season. Two enormous Naked Neck over Red Ranger eggs, two NN eggs, and 5 NN over Slow White Broiler eggs.

I'm hoping the two RR eggs are fertile. The rooster been doing his best, but the hen is one huge, feisty chicken -- it's like watching a bull rider at the rodeo. They are the first two eggs she's laid since coming off winter break and I can't believe how huge they are. She has a history of laying really thin-shelled eggs, so I thought I better grab the first ones she laid and hope for the best.
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jolenesdad

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Just set my first eggs of the season. Two enormous Naked Neck over Red Ranger eggs, two NN eggs, and 5 NN over Slow White Broiler eggs.

I'm hoping the two RR eggs are fertile. The rooster been doing his best, but the hen is one huge, feisty chicken -- it's like watching a bull rider at the rodeo. They are the first two eggs she's laid since coming off winter break and I can't believe how huge they are. She has a history of laying really thin-shelled eggs, so I thought I better grab the first ones she laid and hope for the best.
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Yayyyy!!! Can’t wait to see the baby NN chicks!

good call on the RR eggs. I hope they hold up!
 

Meg-in-MT

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Agh! First three links in initial post will not work, stopped trying after that. Why do I have so many issues with links?? Anyone else having this problem? Windows 10, google chrome.
 

Kusanar

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Agh! First three links in initial post will not work, stopped trying after that. Why do I have so many issues with links?? Anyone else having this problem? Windows 10, google chrome.
The links are broken. I fixed them (only here, still broken in first post)




@CarpCharacin Can you fix these links in the 1st post please? Just take all of the "http://xn--https-hw3b//" nonsense out of the link.
 

jolenesdad

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It had to be the migration of the site.... I’m about to do another few links to some of the various carcass photos in the thread so I’ll fix them this weekend if staff is otherwise occupied!
 

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