How much feed do you feed your pastured poultry and how often?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by randyandmegs, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. randyandmegs

    randyandmegs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2009
    Columbus NC
    This is my first batch of Cornish X. I have 90 in my Salatin style pen. I use a five foot long pvc trough type feeder. I took some advice on here and stopped feeding them 24/7. I move them in the morning to a fresh patch of clover and grasses and let them pick over that fresh green stuff for about an hour then put 4 scoops of feed in to which it's a feeding frenzy. During the day I add in left over blueberries, cucumbers. Late evening I fill up the feed trough again. Just wondering if Im feeding enough or too much or what???? I could weigh my feed if that would help if someone knows how much feed in weight should be fed. Just dont know how to tell how much I need to be feeding them to keep them gowing out right without over feeding and having those problems.

    Thanks in advance for your responses.
  2. JohnL11935

    JohnL11935 Chillin' With My Peeps

    My meat birds are isolated from feed from about 7:30 in the evening till 5:30 in the morning. Throughout the day they have access to all the feed they can consume. Having a feeding frenzy in the morning is normal - especially for the CC's

    Its sounds to me like you are under feeding your birds. I wouldn't worry about weighing your feed - just provide them with enough throughout the day so they only run out in the evening.

    Hope this helps.
  3. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2008
    Yorkshire, Ohio
    I would agree with John11935. They should have access to feed all day. You may need to add another feeder to keep them all fed. In my expirience, with the way you are doing it right now, you will have some of the more dominant birds keeping on tract with weight gain, and the less dominant ones will be much smaller. The dominant ones eat all the food up before the others have a chance. By the time you refeed, the same ones are hungry again, and the same thing happens again. This just happened to me. I doubled my feeder space and everything was good again. I doubt any of them would starve and die, but you will have some smaller birds.

    What diameter PVC are you using for a feeder? I ask because I am wanting to make a PVC feeder, and was wondering what size others use.
  4. capjim

    capjim New Egg

    Jun 24, 2010
    Kasilof, Ak
    I feed my gang of CX twice a day..about 10~11 hrs apart. At about 1130..they're locked down due to wandering dogs and other critters, including owls. Morning does result in the feeding frenzy which settles out in about 5 minutes when they have all found the "right" place at the trough. They have water all day and nite. Right now they are at 5 1/2 weeks and are getting abt 50oz per day and just a little bit of cracked corn which will be increased 2 wks before the "end". Butcher time is expected to be at 8~9 wks and weight will average, based on my experience, about 7 lbs in their little vacumn packed jackets.
  5. Bossroo

    Bossroo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2008
    Remember to incrementally increase the feed volume daily so as not to level off the chicks' growth rate.
  6. eKo_birdies

    eKo_birdies Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2010
    Northern Colorado
    how much will the average cornish X eat before slaugher? (sorry, i know this has been said many times, i just can't find the posts now [​IMG] ) is it around 20 lbs or something of that nature? or is my memory waaaaay off?
  7. randyandmegs

    randyandmegs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2009
    Columbus NC
  8. crperdue

    crperdue Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 30, 2008
    Lake Waccamaw, NC
    I use vinyl rain gutters. They are super cheap compared to large diameter PVC.
    They are nice and long so alot of birds can feed at once.
  9. Dogfish

    Dogfish Rube Goldberg incarnate

    Mar 17, 2010
    Western Washington
    I use bucket feeders made out of 5 gallon buckets. 25lbs of food (a bucket full) lasts 25 birds about 2 days during the last few weeks. For that many birds, three buckets

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