Growing too fast

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by LazyGirl, Jul 9, 2008.

  1. LazyGirl

    LazyGirl Out Of The Brooder

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    I am doing my first batch of broilers, and I got Cornish Crosses from McMurrray. They are 5 weeks old, in an outdoor moveable pen and eating grain. I have 3 already that are having trouble walking do to their size. Any advice?
     
  2. mmajw

    mmajw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2008
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    They are known for leg problems and heart attacks. You could try and restrict their feed so they wont grow as fast and/or just watch those ones closely. Mine are only around for 8 weeks because after 8 weeks I start loosing some to leg and heart problems.

    Have you planned your date to cull yours?
     
  3. LazyGirl

    LazyGirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks. I am planning on culling right at 8 weeks, too. Some of them are soo big already, it's almost like they should be butchered soon, but since I am not doing my own (I know, I am chicken! No pun intended) I don't know if I can. The majority of this batch seem healthly and the right size. Can I do any Chicken Physical Therapy? [​IMG]
     
  4. mmajw

    mmajw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2008
    Maine
    Last year when I had them I had to carry a couple of them to and from the food and water because their legs wouldnt work well.
     
  5. Peruvian

    Peruvian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We had one that had some leg problems in our last batch. We pulled it out of the tractor as it wasn't getting feed/water and the other birds were trampling it. We put it in the brooder and helped it back to health. It was walking just in time for processing. [​IMG]
     
  6. mmajw

    mmajw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2008
    Maine
    Thats funny mine was walking just in time to be processed as well.
     
  7. LazyGirl

    LazyGirl Out Of The Brooder

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    OK. I'll give them some TLC. I want these 3 to make it, since they are going to bring the highest $$.
     
  8. dixygirl

    dixygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good luck. [​IMG]
     
  9. willheveland

    willheveland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:What % of protein is in your feed? Sounds like it may need to be higher. Will
     
  10. LazyGirl

    LazyGirl Out Of The Brooder

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    I started them with 20%, but now for the past week have some that is only 18% Is this too low? I have fish meal i could add.
    Thanks
     

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