Feeding your meat birds

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by max13077, Aug 21, 2008.

  1. max13077

    max13077 Chillin' With My Peeps

    What is a good amount to feed each day per bird? I have been offering free choice AM and PM, but it seems like they drain the feeders and poop 99% of it out cause they've eaten so much. I'm not sure there is a solution. Just interested in what people think and how they feed. WhatÂ’s your feeding routine like?
     
  2. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    I left my feeders full at all times.
     
  3. blue90292

    blue90292 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 30, 2007
    Rosharon, TX
    i left my feeders full at all times possible (it would empty out by the time i got home from work). i fed them in the PM also, but after 3 weeks, i turned the light off at night and they only ate when they could see.
     
  4. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    Quote:as soon as mine were out of the brooder box, the light was off--b/c it was warm enough. don't really know if they aite in the dark or not, but I know they drank at night, b/.c I would leave them with enough water , and in the morning, their water was almost empty.
     
  5. sandspoultry

    sandspoultry Everybody loves a Turkey

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    When we raised them we fed free choice during the day and took the feed away at night as recommended. We got ours from Welp hatchery and they came with a sheet for feeding and care, I think if you go their website it's there also.

    Steve in NC
     
  6. blue90292

    blue90292 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 30, 2007
    Rosharon, TX
    Quote:as soon as mine were out of the brooder box, the light was off--b/c it was warm enough. don't really know if they aite in the dark or not, but I know they drank at night, b/.c I would leave them with enough water , and in the morning, their water was almost empty.

    that's why i would leave them the food at night even though it was dark. kept them from trying to eat me when i would go out there in the morning. it would start getting light around 5.30am and i didn't go out there until 7am so they would eat whatever was there that i left for them the night before.
     
  7. UncleHoot

    UncleHoot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They eat, they poop, they lay down (sometimes while eating and/or pooping [​IMG]).

    If they don't have light, they stop eating, but as soon as daylight comes, they get really hungry all over again. I feed mine once a day, until I'm forced to feed them more, but I always try to make sure they have food. When the morning feed comes, they go insane, and sound just like pigs as they each try to get their own space at the feeder trough (which is only big enough for about 2/3 of them, in my case).

    At 5 weeks, mine are eating somewhere around 6 oz (weight) of feed per bird per day, which works out to around 20 lbs of feed per day. My experience has shown that this will continue to climb slowly over the next couple weeks, ending up at around 8 oz each per day at 8 weeks. I could be off by an ounce or so, as it's harder to gauge given that I'm also raising the Colored Range Broilers along with the Cornish Crosses.
     
  8. willheveland

    willheveland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just fill up the feeders in the morning.I will later on too if they get really low.I never let them run out.If they ever clean it out empty you are not feeding enough. Will
     
  9. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Quote:That's what I do. I also put feeders high so they have to stand to eat.
     

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