How long w/o feed before I process them?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by awesomefowl, May 21, 2011.

  1. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    I'm planning on processing my 12 Cornish X this coming Wednesday. When should I stop feeding them to clear out their systems? I can't remember if its 24 hours or what. I imagine they'll still be eating grass, but at least it will be less messy when I process them.

    Thanks,
    Awesomefowl
     
  2. Buster52

    Buster52 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I go 12, some go24. Others prefer a full crop so feed right to the end.

    Make sure they have plenty of water whatever you decide.
     
  3. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    Okay. Thanks!
     
  4. Saltysteele

    Saltysteele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    we have never withdrawn feed. you're going to get messy, regardless, very little of the mess comes from the feed they're eating
     
  5. Salt and Light

    Salt and Light Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The reason for withholding feed is so the crop is more easily removed with less chance of ripping. IF you are not gutting your chickens (I don't), then there is no worry about the crop ripping.

    IF you are gutting, then 12 hours is plenty of time for the crop to empty.
     
  6. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    12 hours for me. I just don't put the food out in the morning-easy peasy!
     
  7. geeky_farmer

    geeky_farmer Out Of The Brooder

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    What do you mean you don't gut? How can you not? Do you just take the meat peices (legs, thighs, breasts?) I never thought about doing that!
     
  8. geeky_farmer

    geeky_farmer Out Of The Brooder

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    What do you mean you don't gut? How can you not? Do you just take the meat peices (legs, thighs, breasts?) I never thought about doing that!
     

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