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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Frohan007, Sep 27, 2016.

  1. Frohan007

    Frohan007 New Egg

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    So I'm new to this website and I just made an account so I don't know stuff about the threads. So I'm in FFA and I'm going to be showing livestock for the first time this year and I'm showing chickens (Broilers). So I'm getting 25 ( that's the required amount) and I don't know much about chickens. So if yall could give me some tips and advice that would be great thanks :)
     
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome! There's good information here, in the meat birds section, and the learning center. Cornishx birds are tricky to raise, but it's done fast. Good luck! Mary
     
  3. Frohan007

    Frohan007 New Egg

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    Oh okay thanks!
     
  4. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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    Hi Frohan,
    I hope you check back in here because I have a lot of good help for you. I have been studying early nutrition of the broiler for months now. First you want to go to this BYC thread in bold at the top of the page : Breeding For Production...Eggs and or Meat . There are many folk on it who raise broilers successfully. They are friendly bunch and can be a big help to you.
    Couple of things are crucial. First, your management (heat, humidity, food, housing) must be just right for them to grow their best. That BYC thread can help you with that.
    Second, and most important is the 1st 14 days of life. I hope you are getting these chicks right at hatch. It is very important they eat not longer than 6 hours after hatch. The nutrients in the egg white are low at hatch. If they do not eat right away, they start to use the yolk sac for energy when it is already spoken for for use in development of the gastrointestinal tract and muscle building. The best way to do this is to get a hold of Hamlet Protein in Findlay, Ohio and get some of their Poultry HP Avistart. Follow their directions and feed it to the birds during their "prestarter" period.( the 1st 5 days, or ask them how much longer if you don't get your chicks until they are 3 days old. The PDF at the top of this post says to feed the HP AviStart as 5% of their feed ratio. Ask Hamlet how to work that out for your 25 chicks, ( Tell them you are FFA and this is your 1st try raising broilers. ) Hamlet Protein company is a specialist known world wide for their work in baby animal nutrition. One aspect they handle is the nutrition of baby broilers. They travel the world lecturing on the subject.
    As you know, we can no longer use anitbiotics in our broilers. So Hamlet has devised a supplement which will jumpstart their G.I tract and give them the extra nutrition they need to get off to a strong start and upgrade their immunity to pathogens ( bad germs) ( esp. pathogens in the G.I tract). The first 14 days of a broiler's life are critical in determining how the bird will look and put on muscle when it is grown. You do not want a glitch in their development during this time. In the poultry world they call it "looking back". You don't want your chicks "looking back" during their development.
    If you can't get the HP AviStart, the next best thing I know of is Bovidr Lab's Poultry Nutri-Drench. http://www.nutridrench.com I have used it for years on my poultry and never had a sick or dead chick. I get mine at Tractor Supply Company ( or try your local feed store). This is a concentrated nutritional supplement which does not need to be digested. It mainlines directly into the chick's bloodstream. During the 1st 5 days of life, the chicks G.I. tract undergoes a huge amount of maturing. Esp. in broilers whose approx. 42 day lifespan is so short.
    The key to broiler health ... and any chicken health ...(but esp. broilers) is to get that G.I tract up and running efficiently as fast as possible after hatch. To do that they need nutrition and probiotics. The nutrition to run the body systems and provide the energy necessary to run the those systems. And the probiotics to help create the proper ratios of bacteria in the G.I tract. When the ratios are proper there is less chance of sickness getting established in the chick and the chick "looking back". Since the Nutri-Drench does not need to be digested, it can get the nutrition directly to the chick without having to deal with that rapidly maturing G.I. tract. I give each chick one drop only by mouth when I get them. Then I put it in their water for the 1st 2 weeks. The water looks like very weak tea. Or follow the directions on the nutridrench website above. They are very helpful people . If you have any questions, just call them. They serve growers who raise many 10's of thousands of birds.
    Now if you get the Avistart you will not need the Nutri-Drench. ( HP Avistart does both things ( nutrition and probiotics) ,
    If not, you will need both the Drench and a probiotic( like Greek yogurt) for the chicks. Just follow Hamlet Protein's instructions. They are every nice people. If you want to read more about Hamlet and baby broilers, I put a lot of my research in the thread above "Breeding For Production...Eggs and or Meat". Once you get to that thread click on the icon "search this thread". A small window will come up to type in keywords. Just type in : nutrigenomics epigenetics Hamlet : and it will give you a hit list of the posts about Hamlet Protein and baby broilers. Or just view some of the baby broiler videos on the "Feed Your Brain" part of their website.
    Any more questions, just ask over at that thread. I am over there often and the others there are very knowledgeable. Esp. ask BYC nick: "Turk Raphael", He has been raising meat birds for many years..
    Best Regards,
    Karen in western PA, USA
     
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  5. Frohan007

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    Wow thank you so much for the info Karen I really appreciate it. I'm going to go check out the HP AviStart and the other threads right away :)
     
  6. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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    More than welcome Frohan.
    Get all your stuff ready so you can get them started the minute they get to your place.
    Best Success,
    Karen
     
  7. Cacique500

    Cacique500 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can also use the search box at the top of the forum pages...just type in your question and your 99.9% sure to get an answer. When I started here I was amazed at the amount of knowledgeable people and information available. Good luck with your project!
     
  8. Frohan007

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    thanks!
     

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