First Run of Cornish Cross Meat Birds and Super Excited!

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by JessicaThistle, Jun 10, 2014.

  1. JessicaThistle

    JessicaThistle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I usually brood my baby chicks in the house for 5 weeks. We love it! Until they get so big that they make a big mess and start running around the house like Gremlins. Many of the chicks from my last batch got Gremlin names because of that. But when dealing with 300+ chicks, I knew the house was no place for that kind of fun! Although, it was super cold one night and my hubby said "we should just bring all those chicks in so they don't freeze. Wouldn't that be so fun"? I think I created a monster.

    Linda: Yes, I have seen loss expectations that large from chickens farms. I actually expected to lose more than 5. I am super happy that so far, I don't want to jinx things, loss has been low. I feel like taking the time to care for my chicks is worth it to protect my investment. Do I enjoy washing butts? No. Do I enjoy dropper feeding a baby in the chick hospital? No. But the more I save by doing it means the more money I make later when they lay eggs for me. I'm shocked that a chicken farm would just be okay losing 10-30% of their chicks. I suppose employees are doing the work and they don't care enough, maybe? I don't know but that just seems like a lot to lose to me!

    The chicks are all growing and being chicks. I am actually planning to extend their brooder size this weekend. Do you wonder how much feed 307 chicks eat? 50 lbs in one week. Ugh! They are also drinking at least 3 gallons of water each day. They have at least doubled in size. Little cutie patooties!

    Ralph: Just do it. Make Bert your indoor buddy. Get some Depends and hook that boy up. Your wife will love it in the end. [​IMG]
     
  2. LindaB220

    LindaB220 Overrun With Chickens

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    Dang, I knew that I was spelling jinx wrong ha. Ended up with 5 TINY babies. Never been around bantams. Cute!!!
     
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  3. nj2wv

    nj2wv Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I forgot to add that it is about 200 chicks brooding in the house , give or take a few.
    I am expecting a cackle surprise next week. It sure is noisy in the morning when they see me and want food.
     
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  4. holm25

    holm25 Jr Chicken Wrangler

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    When we had 200 CornishX we went through 50 pounds of feed a day!!!
     
  5. nj2wv

    nj2wv Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I only have 32 CX. 75 are partridge rock cockerels and the rest are an assortment of pullets. They still eat a lot though. Can't wait till it warms up so they can go outside and eat bugs.
     
  6. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler extrodinaire Premium Member

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    Now I feel bad. I have only been giving Bert a couple handfuls of feed a day..... Of course, if I et him outside he sneaks a lot more.
     
  7. holm25

    holm25 Jr Chicken Wrangler

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    I collected eggs just now. 53 eggs from 62 hens!!!
     
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  8. Clucksandgiggle

    Clucksandgiggle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awesome!!
     
  9. holm25

    holm25 Jr Chicken Wrangler

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    I was excited to see that may eggs!!! But some froze so I boiled those and gave them to the birds in the breeding hut. Which is only a topper right now but it is insulated and buried about 2 inches under ground.
     
  10. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler extrodinaire Premium Member

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    Please refer to "toppers" in the proper term, "redneck chicken coop" or "redneck tractor" or 'redneck brooder". I find them to be the most versatile coop ever designed. I actually check craigslist and look for them setting by the edge of the road for sale or preferably free!

    BTW your egg production is fantastic!

    Bert considers one of the toppers as his "bachelor pad".

    I don't have an insulated one, you're so lucky.
     
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