Colored rangers - 8 weeks

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by SandraMort, Nov 6, 2008.

  1. SandraMort

    SandraMort Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 7, 2008
    ny
    I think my rangers are 8 weeks old now. I let them go a week and a half or so on a lowish protein food due to circumstances out of my control, so they're a little behind. I have a few in the two to two and a half pound range, but most are in the three to four pound range. A few are over four.

    According to JMHatchery, where we got the birds,
    Performance goals under true natural rearing systems:
    Based on the results and experiences of our own flocks and our customersÂ’ flocks, the Colored Range assortment will reach 4 to 5 LBS Live Weight in a minimum of 9 weeks and a maximum of 11 weeks.


    If you factor in a very slow week, say add it to the end, they should all reach 4-5 lbs live by 10-12 weeks, or in 2-4 more weeks. At the rate they're growing, that seems plausible.

    In the meantime, they've got 24/7 access to the local grain mill's broiler food, plenty of water and aren't currently going outside until I can hawk-proof the run. I wasn't planning to limit exercise, but that's how it worked out anyway.

    I'll have to call the processor to schedule a date and decide how many do to, but I think I'll let the majority of them hang out and grow a bit exttra. I doubt they'll magically get tough at 12 weeks. IIRC, JM said to get them done before 15 or 16, but I can call to confirm.

    It's been a very pleasant experience dealing with these guys. We've moved the rest of the birds (three dozen or so layers and 3 cornish crosses, all a month younger than the rangers) out into the barn and they're all getting along nicely. We had a trampling early on, but I think the duck did that, not the chickens.

    The bedding is being done deep litter style. It's built up quickly, so I may be putting too much down, but it's not gross to walk on, so I don't see any harm to it, other than maybe spending too much money. I haven't figured out where the bedding will go for composting once I empty the barn out. We may just dump it into the bottom two thirds of a raised bed planter that will go near the barn, then top i t off with topsoil. By next summer, it'll be turnable, nice and rich, but this summer it can just be a placeholder underneath the real planting soil.
     
  2. Hobbley_Farm

    Hobbley_Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sounds like a plan.
     
  3. SandraMort

    SandraMort Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 7, 2008
    ny
    I have a DATE!!!!! I'm taking 18 birds to be processed on 11/20!
     
  4. SandraMort

    SandraMort Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 7, 2008
    ny
    And they said I could come and help, which ought not to be as exciting as I'm finding it [​IMG]
     
  5. providentialpastures

    providentialpastures Out Of The Brooder

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    What is the protein percentage of your feed?

    Please post your results with the weight of the finished bird and the eating of it, I was thinking about getting some colored range broilers in the spring.
     
  6. SandraMort

    SandraMort Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 7, 2008
    ny
    I really don't know. I had 10 days of layer feed, which I think is 16 percent? It was too low. And I had a bunch of weeks of broiler food at 22 percent. And I've had a few weeks of locally grown broiler food with an unknown amount of protein.

    I'll let you know the finished weights. I'm sure it'll be fabulous whatever it weighed!

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  7. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    Use the manure for your potato and corn crop next year. [​IMG]

    You will be surprised that broilers do grow lots in the last week or two.
     
  8. SandraMort

    SandraMort Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 7, 2008
    ny
    LOL! Biut how do I know WHICH are the last week or two?

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