Help should I do meat birds?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by bryan8, Sep 7, 2009.

  1. bryan8

    bryan8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well my friend is ordering a bunch of chicks and I have the opt to order some meat birds. Like 6 or 7... Is it worth it to raise them for personal use? I just want to try some meat birds. I already have waters, feeders, brooding areas and heat lamps. Then I could keep them in the shed.

    Is it worth it for feed costs? And what kind if feed should they have?

    Should I go with Cornish x, or something else?
     
  2. Scoop

    Scoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 16, 2009
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    Yes, go for it! You won't be disappointed. You can slaughter around 8 weeks old. They get so big it's like eating a turkey. I'd go Cornish X. I might do more next year.
     
  3. Soccer Mom

    Soccer Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like a great way to get your feet wet. Once you've eaten home grown, the grocery store chickens taste like cardboard. Honest.
     
  4. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    Go with Cornish X's, and be sure to feed them BROILER feed.
     
  5. card5640

    card5640 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do it do it mine went to freezer camp Friday at 8 weeks they weighed a total of 27 lbs, I had 4 they cost me a total of 36$ would of been better if one had not died the night before. 1 bird weighed 9 lbs. Im thrilled as organic meat is 2.65$ per lb.
     
  6. bryan8

    bryan8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well i order 4 male cornish rocks from ideal


    are cronish rocks the same as cornish x?
     
  7. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Yes
     
  8. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

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    [​IMG] Call us when dinner's ready!
     
  9. bryan8

    bryan8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how long do they have to be under a heat lamp? Also when should I cull them for processing?

    And my feed store broiler feed is medicated is this ok?
     
  10. Capone

    Capone Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep Go With Jumbo Cournish X Rocks. Jaku's Avitar Is One
     

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