feeding cornish x

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Enders Farms, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. Enders Farms

    Enders Farms In the Brooder

    Mar 16, 2010
    How long should I keep these x's on starter chick food?? They are 4 weeks old and I am wondering if they can switch to grower finisher any time soon???

  2. Winsor Woods

    Winsor Woods Songster

    Jun 14, 2009
    Cascade Range in WA
    Most people I talk to just keep them on the starter for the whole duration. Those that do switch to a finisher do it two weeks before harvest. So if you're planning to harvest at 8 weeks, switch to finisher at week 6. I've noticed that there's a lot less fat on the birds if I stay with starter the whole way though. It's a culinary preference though.

  3. Southerngirl

    Southerngirl Songster

    Mar 25, 2008
    Central Arkansas
    For the first 2 weeks we use starter and then at week 3 change to grower. We also mix chops with the grower and have had really good luck with it. Their weights at 8 weeks dressed out range from 6 pounds to 9 pounds. McMurray hatchery has the best broilers. I have tried Cackle (were fine) and Hoovers hatchery. Good luck! [​IMG]

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by