How Much Does Heat Hamper Growth Rates

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by anthonyjames, Jul 19, 2010.

  1. anthonyjames

    anthonyjames Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been raising naked necks and red rangers for meat this year. I have my first few batches of CX and I haven't raised them before. But it has been swealtering hot here. Mid 90's and dewpoint in 70's. My CX are 4 weeks old and it seems they are barely over a lb in weight and not eating much. Drinking like crazy though.

    At this rate I am guessing they will not be ready for End of August. Does the heat hamper their growth rate that much?
     
  2. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When they are hot, chickens eat less so grow slower--Law of the Universe. Local farmers are also complaining that the cows are eating less and producing less milk. Comes with the season.
     
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  3. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    woodmort is right, but that said the CX grow in spurts more than any other breed I have seen. Kepp them as cool as possible and keep that cool water in front of them. My 25 were drinking 5 gallons a day when it was 70 degrees out.
     

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