Feeding Red Broilers

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by cluckey, Jun 7, 2016.

  1. cluckey

    cluckey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have our first batch of Red Broilers. They are 5 weeks old. I have been feeding them regular Chick Grower/Starter as we also had laying chicks at the same time. Obviously the laying chicks will stay on that feed until they are ready to lay, but what I'm having a hard time finding is when and what to switch them over to finisher or all flock feed. These are supposed to be slower growing than the Cornish X's and I'm hoping to let them free range in the next week or so until we butcher them. Anyone have any experience/suggestions?
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  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    Almost every feed bag has feeding instructions for types and ages of chickens with a chart of all the feed that manufacturer makes. That is the first place I would look since only the manufacturer knows what is in their feed - we don't.
    If it were me, I'd try a 20-22% till about 4 or 5 weeks, cut back to 18% for a couple weeks and then go to 15% till slaughter.
     
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  3. cluckey

    cluckey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think I messed that up. I have been feeding them 18% this whole time. Does that mess things up?
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    No. You're fine. More protein would have added more meat earlier but they'll be OK. 18 isn't bad. Too much protein too early can be a problem as well.
     
  5. cluckey

    cluckey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, good! Thank you!
     

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