FR - 6 weeks, right size?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by HillCountryMomma, Jun 5, 2008.

  1. HillCountryMomma

    HillCountryMomma Songster

    Mar 16, 2008
    My Freedom Rangers turned 6 weeks old yesterday.

    They are round, stout birds, but not huge monster birds. I have a hard time imagining that in the next three weeks they'll balloon up to butchering size (I'd like 5-6 lb dressed weights)!

    I'm starting to think that maybe I'm feeding them wrong.

    I'm feeding them Dumor (Tractor Supply) 20% chick starter because it's the only non-medicated chick feed I can find locally. No broiler feed anywhere that I've seen, so that's really my only option.

    I feed 2x a day, and there's usually feed left over from the prior feeding. I've started throwing them some cracked corn to play with as well. Most of the Rangers are out in a tractor that gets moved 2x a day, so they have fresh greens to pick at as well (and they eat EVERYTHING green in the tractor that they deem edible). They're roughly the same size as my 10 week old layer pullets, but broader. I'd get a weight, but my kids drowned my scale trying to help wash it. [​IMG]

    Anyway, I'm getting tired of feeding these darn birds!! Please tell me that they put on a big growth spurt at the end. I need a light at the end of the tunnel! I have 44 of them, gonna keep a few pullets and the rest are going in the freezer. I can't wait till I can go back to just maintaining my layer flock.

  2. UncleHoot

    UncleHoot Songster

    May 22, 2007
    St. Johns, Michigan
    5-6 lbs dressed (7-8lbs live-weight) would be about 8 weeks for a Cornish X, and these grow slower than the Cornish X.

    I would think you'd have to wait 9-10 weeks.
  3. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    They really do grow a lot in the last week. I'm planning to do mine at 9 or 10 weeks. I like roasters.
  4. blue90292

    blue90292 Songster

    Jan 30, 2007
    Rosharon, TX
    lol, yup, gotta keep feeding them. you still have another month to go.
  5. bheila

    bheila Songster

    Feb 8, 2008
    Kent, Wa
    We butchered ours at 11 weeks and got 7lb birds. It seems their growth slows down a bit and then all of a sudden they start gaining weight again. I too was got tired of waiting for them to get huge. It was definitely worth the wait. So much more meat.
  6. HillCountryMomma

    HillCountryMomma Songster

    Mar 16, 2008
    Thanks Y'all!!

    I'll try to just stand by and be patient (not one of my virtues!).

    I knew I'd have to wait until 9/10 weeks to get a decent size bird, but ugh... the wait here at the end is killing me!

    They sure do eat enough to be big fat birds!


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