Houston we may have a problem!

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by steveo, May 7, 2009.

  1. steveo

    steveo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 9, 2007
    Poland, Maine
    I have 24 cornish x that will be 8 weeks old on the 27th of this month. I called up the place that I am taking them to get butchered for less than $3 a bird. The first day they can get me in is June 5th! I have had multiple conversations with them and I was under the impression that I could bring them in any time. So that will make my birds 2 days over 9 weeks. Do you think they will start dropping like flies before then? this is my first batch of birds and I was going to pay to have them butchered and eventually ease into doing the deed myself.

    I guess I will have to see what happens and if they get to big and start dieing, I will have to do the deed myself.
  2. chicklips

    chicklips Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2009
    St. Johns, MI
    The extra week shouldn't matter too much, restrict their feed to ensure that you have no problems. I know that some people process around 10-12 weeks for bigger birds. I plan on doing mine around 9 weeks.
  3. Bizzybirdy

    Bizzybirdy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2008
    North of Nashville
    I had mine processed at 10 1/2 weeks, no problem whatsoever. I took the feed away at night the last few weeks though. They were all at great weight and delicious. [​IMG]
  4. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I hope you are removing the feed for 12 hours a day.
  5. maf2008

    maf2008 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 19, 2009
    Cn any one "breed" broilers or have eggs. It seems like this is done by artificial insinimation (sp) Can any one breed broilers in the barnyard ?? [​IMG]
  6. dadof4

    dadof4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2008
    Mine are like 10 weeks old now and I have just started processing. I've kept them 12 weeks plus.
  7. steveo

    steveo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 9, 2007
    Poland, Maine
    I am glad to hear that keeping them for 9 weeks should not be a problem. I was removing the feed at night but noticed that once it gets dark the bids go to sleep and stop eating anyway. So I have not been removing the food for the past couple of nights. I may do an experiment and weigh their whole food container at night when they are sleeping and they weigh it again in the morning before the birds wake up. This will tell me if they are eating the food throughout the night. Obviously if the container weighs less in the morning, they are eating at night in the dark.
  8. sesa

    sesa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2009
    Thurmont, Md
    I was wondering about taking the food away at night also, mine are 3 weeks old and they seem to settle in at night and sleep so is it a waste of time to take the food away at night or not?
  9. cassie

    cassie Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 19, 2009
    Quote:The Cornish X is a cross between two different breeds. They are not produced by artificial insemination although you could. It just isn't necessary. The parent stock can breed naturally. The extraordinary performance is due to hybrid vigor. If you should get the Cornish X to breed, the offspring would not be like their parents.
  10. TXmom

    TXmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    OK...your subject line says HOUSTON has a problem...so I started reading to see what's going on in MY neck of the woods, not in MAINE.

    Don't worry, I get it now...I just feel dumb now...


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