How Much Does Heat Hamper Growth Rates

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

  1. anthonyjames

    anthonyjames Songster

    Apr 22, 2009
    Port Washington, WI
    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 Songster

    Jul 6, 2010
    Oxford NY
    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.
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2010
  3. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    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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