"homemade" cornish cross eating 15 or 16% protein feed

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by MrChicken207, Jul 21, 2010.

  1. MrChicken207

    MrChicken207 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm just wondering if I were to cross my own cornish rocks, or cornish delawares, and feed the resulting birds a feed with a lower protein percentage, would they grow with less health problems?
     
  2. Dogfish

    Dogfish Rube Goldberg incarnate

    Mar 17, 2010
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    Mine haven't had any issues on the inexpensive 17% I get at Del's. They grew out to an average of 5.5 lbs for roos and 4.5-5lbs for hens at 8 weeks. $9.99 a bag, compared to other brands at $13.95+ I used that got me 6.5 lb finished roos.
     
  3. dancingbear

    dancingbear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Those probably wouldn't have any health problems, anyway. They should be healthy, vigorous, birds. But a higher protein food might help them produce more meat. I feed my DP crosses 22%.
     
  4. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:This is Off topic so appologies to MrChicken--Dogfish, you should check out Gore's feed in W. Oly. on Blacklake It used to be Gores nursery but now they're a feed store. I can get chick start either med or not for $13 and 27% gamebird feed for $13. Their layer is $9.99 and if there is something you want that they don't have they're willing to stock it for you.
     
  5. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    I'm with you on this, I fed my hatchery CX Purina flock raiser. Had no heart attacks and 5-6 lb birds in the right time frame.
     

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