First time meaties!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by blackvelvet, Feb 26, 2011.

  1. blackvelvet

    blackvelvet Out Of The Brooder

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    When I was a child I use to think it was wrong to kill any animal, then I went through the stage where it is wrong to kill any animal for any other purpose than meat. Well at the ripe ol age of 23 I still hold to this statement, but I have learned so much over the last few years as I mature more (finally). The last few years I have been wanting to learn to "Survive" or at least let my self know I will be able to make it. Cause in my opinion I do believe a day will come when only the Rich and famous will be able to afford all the stuff that some people take advantage of such as electricity, cable, internet, gas, grocery store food, etc. as prices of these items are already out the roof and unemployment just keeps getting higher. But back to Chicken business.. I have had chickens all my life. They have always been a passion of mine. So Feb. 14, 2011 I ordered my first batch of Cornish x. I have done so much research on the "breed" and have learned so much about them. But it still makes me a nervous wreck because of all the horror stories I have heard from some people but on another note there has been some great stories as well. On Wednesday Feb. 16, 2011 at welp hatchery 26 gorgeous cornish x chicks were born and that friday morning they ended up at my front door. (yes my post man delivers them to my house. I guess he is just use to me having 100 chicks come a year and trying to help me save gas, Idk). I got these chicks in the brooder and all 26 of them are huge and doing great. They was already double the size of my Norwegian Jaerhons that I hatched a week before. Well it has been almost 2 weeks now and I can not believe how fast these little guys grow. But I must say, I can not wait til they go outside, cleaning there tubes every day is kinda getting old. But that is part of ordering chicks in winter still (stupid me). Well as I stated this is my first ttime with the meaties and lordy am I a nervous wreck. I hope everything goes well with all of them. I have never even ate "home grown" chicken people. Even after 23 years of keeping chickens. well I don't think I have anyways. Knowing my dad god only knows what I have really ate in my life. But this thread is where I hope to keep everyone updated on my progess and hope to get as much help with this little huge fluff balls until the day I can have me a nice BIG bowl of chicken n dumplin's. Us southern guys love those things. Well I do any ways. Any advice you wanna give would be great. Happy Chickens ya'll.

    One of my chicks at one week and 3 days.
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  2. jenny_kap

    jenny_kap Chillin' With My Peeps

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    after they are 3-4 weeks old, start to mix their food with cracked cereals (wheat, corn, sunflower seeds...) and change the mix until you end up feeding them only cereals. you will have better quality meat. i grow chicken only for food, not as a pet. i still love them , i spend hours and hours talking to them, but i don't forget the reason i grow them.
     
  3. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    ha you are going to have so much fun! so glad you are giving yourself the oportunity to learn new things [​IMG]
    I have a feeling your chicks were hatched not born . . . just had to tease you there;)
    Switching CX over to cereal and whole grains would NOT be the most cost/time effective method of raising them. Not that you asked, but I would suggest for your first batch following tried and true meat bird feed formulas and then making personal adjustments from there.
    Best advice, do a ton of back reading on this thread!
     
  4. blackvelvet

    blackvelvet Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:ROFL, yes I noticed I said born, [​IMG] Lol how smart must I sound. Well currently I have them on a 21% chick start it was the highest that my feed store sold besides the gamebird that was 28%.
     
  5. terri9630

    terri9630 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:ROFL, yes I noticed I said born, [​IMG] Lol how smart must I sound. Well currently I have them on a 21% chick start it was the highest that my feed store sold besides the gamebird that was 28%.

    Our last 2 batches of meaties have been from Whelp and we have loved them. We feed turkey and gamebird from start to finish with really good results and haven't had a loss form Whelp yet.
     

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