Cornish-X: How long in brooder?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by stgagnon, May 14, 2009.

  1. stgagnon

    stgagnon New Egg

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    Hi Y'all:

    Got my first (experimental) batch of 12 Cornish-X from the feed store last week.

    I have them in a playpen brooder on my porch.

    How long does it take these birds to feather out and be brooder-free?

    Thanks
    Suz in VT
     
  2. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    3-4 weeks depending on your weather. I removed the heat lamp from my tractor when they were 3 weeks, and they've done fine. Night temps where in the 50's when I removed lamp. If it is too cold for them, they will pile up and you'll know they still need heat.
     
  3. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Same here.
     
  4. The Rooster

    The Rooster Out Of The Brooder

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    3 weeks is usual here as well. I pulled the heat lamps and two nights later the over night low dropped below freezing. I ended up running heat lamps for 4 1/2 weeks this time.
     
  5. HenniePennie

    HenniePennie Out Of The Brooder

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    Usually I put them in coop at 4 weeks with a heat lamp. However I still have them in brooder this year at 5 weeks due to night time temp still being down to 36 this year. It has been an unusally cold year.
     
  6. Homesteading_Bound

    Homesteading_Bound Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They create so much heat on there own. I couldn't beleive how warm there brooder got.

    3 weeks sounds good to me.
     

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