Considering getting meat birds

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by moodlymoo, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. moodlymoo

    moodlymoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am thinking of raising meat birds but...

    When do you butcher

    How big do they get

    About how much feed do they go through before butcher

    How easy is it to butcher

    Do they lay eggs

    Are they ok to mix with my laying flock
     
  2. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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    When do you butcher? 8 weeks

    How big do they get? 7 to 9lb depending on girl or boy

    About how much feed do they go through before butcher? starting .30 to 3.10 lbs ending, a week


    How easy is it to butcher? it takes practice to get fast

    Do they lay eggs? Yes my Duccle loved them and bred with them I now have a cornish x duccle chick

    Are they ok to mix with my laying flock? They poop a lot you might not want that in your coop
     
  3. moodlymoo

    moodlymoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much. I found the sticky up top and have been reading there too. We are thinking of getting 20-30 soon. Im surprised on the limiting food thing. If I had 30 cornish how much food a day do I give them
     
  4. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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    I feed my 12 on 12 off. I give them as much as they would eat in that time. (they will act hungry when you take away even if they didn't eat it all and starving when you feed them in the morning) I have 11 Freedom rangers and I feed them 14 lbs a day, they don't eat it all unless I leave them lock in, if I let them out to free range they eat more like 7 1/2 lbs they are 5 weeks old. I started with like 25 cornish, then got 25 more 4 weeks later, it was too much for me. We were working a lot of OT and I was exhausted now I do small lots, more manageable.
    Michele





    Edit due to I had wrong lbs. I forgot my feeders were 7 lbs and not 3 lbs
     
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2011

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