disappointed in processed weights

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by trunkman, Sep 23, 2014.

  1. trunkman

    trunkman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 26, 2009
    Rock Hill SC
    I just processed my 3rd batch of cornish rocks last weekend and have to say I was very disappointed in the weights after processing. I was expecting 4 and a half to 6 pound range but ended up with an average of 3 pounds each at 8 weeks and 3 days.
    I kept them of feed 24 hours a day for the first 4 weeks and 12 hours on and 12 hours off for the last 4 weeks and back on full time for the last few days. They were in a 12 foot by 30 foot run and enclosure. I had a total of 47 birds, 20 red rangers and 27 cornish x. I fed them chick starter for the first few weeks and starter grower for the last 5 weeks and fed them and occasional treat like pears, grass clippings, tomatoes and other veggies. I did let them free range during the evenings for about 4 hours a night so they could scratch and find bugs and eat grass.
    Do you think I got a bad batch of birds, meaning not real cornish or did I do something wrong? [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  2. LindaB220

    LindaB220 Overrun With Chickens

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    I'll bet the got the slow growing broiler. The red rangers are slow growing also. Did they weigh about the same?
     
  3. trunkman

    trunkman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 26, 2009
    Rock Hill SC
    The reds were a bit smaller but I had 2 just over 5 pounds, about 8 just over 4 pounds, about 10 in the 3 pound range and 4 in the two pound range. We processed a few about 3 weeks ago that were just over 2 pounds because we wanted to try small birds (cornish hens) and thought for sure we'd have much bigger birds by now...the 24 birds we processed this weekend totaled up to 86 pounds!
     
  4. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    What were you feeding them?
     
  5. trunkman

    trunkman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 26, 2009
    Rock Hill SC
    I fed them nutrena starter grower most of their lives, I fed them dumor chick starter the first 3 weeks.
     
  6. LindaB220

    LindaB220 Overrun With Chickens

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    You know, I believe that I would do a change on the hatchery next time. Just to be sure. I think you got the slow growing types and to get more meat would still have to be feeding them. IMO [​IMG]
     
  7. trunkman

    trunkman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 26, 2009
    Rock Hill SC
    I think you're right Linda! I will never buy from them again.
     

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