Cornish crosses and feed ?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by MaineChickens, Jun 13, 2008.

  1. MaineChickens

    MaineChickens Songster

    Mar 11, 2008
    I have about half a bag of medicated Start and Grow that I am no longer able to feed to my chicks (they are out ranging in the yard with the ducks and the ducks can't have that) so I am wondering if I can use that for my broiler chicks when they come, or if I really should get the broiler feed?

    If I can't use this I will freecycle it or something. I just hate to see stuff wasted.
  2. Peruvian

    Peruvian Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    Isn't the medicated stuff pricey? I would save it for my next batch to avoid having too much anti-biotic in my birds.

    On a slightly similar topic, does anyone feed their Cornish Xs veggie scraps (wilting lettuce, over-ripe tomatoes, etc)?
  3. MaineChickens

    MaineChickens Songster

    Mar 11, 2008
    it isn't medicated with AB's, it has a cocciostat... different thing...

    Anyway- price isn't the issue, it is already bought and paid for. This is my last batch of chicks for this year... I think...

    I just want to make sure I won't in some way be hurting the little peeps...
  4. chickabator

    chickabator Songster

    Nov 30, 2007
    I started my cornish x's on medicated chick starter for 1 week to keep them from getting cocci. now they are eating ground up flock raiser I believe it is called made by purinia. they have almost trippled in size in a week. they weigh almost 7oz. 2 days ago probably more now they are growing so fast!!
  5. mommy9994

    mommy9994 Songster

    Mar 10, 2008
    central VA
    I haven't used medicated for any of mine, but I think it's fine to use with the cx's

    I feed mine fruit and veggie scraps too.
  6. Ang

    Ang Songster

    Jan 2, 2008
    West Central Illinois
    Yep, you can feed it to them. I feed mine a bag of starter and then switch them to meatbird. They have always done great.
  7. dacjohns

    dacjohns People Cracker Upper

    I say use the starter. They will grow fast anyway.
  8. Bucker

    Bucker Hatching

    May 15, 2008
    Hi, First time on board. We arePoultry key leaders in 4H and our daughter is raising a market broiler project. We have 7 weeks to raise the Cornish Rock crosses and to be a market bird are considred weight of 3.5 - 6 pounds. We are still peeps when it comes to knowledge and read everything we can get our hands on. We raise our birds in a tractor in our back yard (we live in a restricted neighbor hood) and only raise 10 at a time. Our neighbrs are cool about it and of course the birds just start making or trying to make crowing noise when they are ready for market. The Lake association does not even know they are there.

    The birds also must be off the medicated feed 21 days prior to show. We use the Purina Flock Grower after the Turkey Start and Grow (yes turkey) . They will put on a phenominal amount of weight using that Purina product. We have tried other products but this is our choice based on results from over 100 kids and their projects we oversee. Having to be aware of weight restrictions we only feed them 12 hours on/12 hours off. GoodLuck

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