Feeding meaties

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by jaj121159, Nov 28, 2010.

  1. jaj121159

    jaj121159 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How do you feed your meaties? I'm talking about the feeding process, not the feed and percentage etc. Do you go 12 on, 12 off? Maybe 24/7? or put out a certain amount once or twice a day and when it's gone, it's gone.

    I have done more of the latter. With my last batch of 50, I was feeding twenty pounds a day at 5+ weeks. I would put out 12 lbs. in the morning and 8 after work. No snacks or anything in between. The 12 lbs. was always gone when I got home from work, and the 8 gone in th e morning. I butchered at 8 weeks with a 4.25 lb. average dressed weight.
     
  2. Lorije1

    Lorije1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do a mix of all the above [​IMG]

    I put out the feeder in the morning (around 9, I work late nights). Occasionally throughout the day I make sure there is feed available. They also get a double handful of scratch and have had access to grass (but that is all eaten now). When I leave for work I put the feeder at the edge of their shelter so they can eat after dark and they eat until it is gone - no idea when they empty it. At 130am when I get home I give them a 5 minute gorge-fest, then toss some oats or scratch in the shelter... maybe a handful (21 5wk old meats).
    I also try to give them something different each day - sliced grapes, bits of apple, a mash of their crumbles in warm water, oatmeal and old plants pulled from the garden. I am hoping to fix a "Clampett" tractor tomorrow so they can get back to having grass etc available to them.
     
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2010

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