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Feeding surplus to broilers?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by TillyFeathers, Jan 15, 2011.

  1. TillyFeathers

    TillyFeathers New Egg

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    Ok, so we want to raise meat chickens for the family this year. The Cornish x scares me so we’ll go with the freedom rangers or red broilers and pasture them.

    My question is; Do you have to keep them solely on processed feed? I figure pasturing them is going to unbalance their carefully formulated ration a bit anyway. What else can you get away with and still have a decent and healthy carcass at the end of eleven weeks?

    Let’s say that we get the chicks in July or August. We‘ll have garden surplus, perhaps a few small grains ripening, compost worms, fresh goat milk by the gallon...

    Has anyone tried this? Is it worth the effort?
     
  2. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    lot's of people do that, spend some time reading here on the meat birds thread and also on the nutrition thread, you are going to find A LOT of info on this topic.
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I've not got to try it myself but I hear the milk makes the best meat! I would def. feed all you scraps, garden and general kitchen. That's the point of raising your own, right?
     

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