Feeding Meat Birds Final Weeks?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by mylilchix, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. mylilchix

    mylilchix Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have 23 black broilers that still seem tiny to me. They were hatched 8/30/12. I have an 11/10 processing date, so I'm wondering what I should be feeding them to fatten them up? I've been free feeding them meat bird crumbles with some occasional cracked corn right now. Thanks for the advice!
     
  2. mrsteiner

    mrsteiner Out Of The Brooder

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    You might want to add some protein to their diets. Corn is mostly fat, and will add an extra layer of fat to their carcass but doesn't add much weight. Good sources of protein is soybeans, fish meal or peas. If it's cold where you are, your birds will need more feed to keep warm so less is going into growth.

    We use a grain based ration, so it's easy to add more protein as we need it. Not sure how you'd do that with crumbles.
     

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