How much feed per bird start to finish?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Blarneyeggs, Aug 5, 2014.

  1. Blarneyeggs

    Blarneyeggs Overrun With Chickens

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    I realize there are a lot of variables here, but bare with me. It's Fair week and the kids (aka me) are scrambling to complete their projects. This year's project was meat birds, and like a dummy, I did not hold onto every receipt and am now in a bind. My calculations put us at about 21 lbs of feed per bird over a 9 week period. Could this be right? I feel like we are really off here.
     
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  2. BigRedRoo

    BigRedRoo Out Of The Brooder

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    it could be right, at 8 weeks im feeding about a half pond a day per bird so to my clculations works out to aprox 21-25 pounds of feed per bird over the 9 week period.
     
  3. slingshotandLAR

    slingshotandLAR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Seems high....

    Are you feeding 24/7?

    You should be somewhere between 11-15lbs
    With 15 being the high side. Fees 12 on and 12 off.

    Your numbers are way high
     
  4. Blarneyeggs

    Blarneyeggs Overrun With Chickens

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    I thought they might be high, but it looks like we are at the same numbers as the other 4Hers. Also, we are at 10 weeks, not 9 (my bad) and I just opened the last 50lb bag of feed yesterday, so that should get us through till next week (I hope!). I guess when we get their weights, that will be the real test. And, you were right, we haven't been diligent about removing food 12 hrs a day. We were feeding 24/7 at first, for the last 3 weeks, we are feeding less, but not by much. I sure hope their finished weights are reflected in the huge amount of feed we purchased.
     
  5. LindaB220

    LindaB220 Overrun With Chickens

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    Well, keep us in the loop. [​IMG]
     
  6. Blarneyeggs

    Blarneyeggs Overrun With Chickens

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    The kids weighed the biggest bird they found in the bunch, by weighing themselves with and without fat bird (I don't have a proper scale). The weight they got was 12 lbs. I have NO idea if this live weight is good or not, or how accurate. 8 of the birds were dropped off at fair tonight, they get judged tomorrow morning. Hope the kids do well! :D


     
  7. LindaB220

    LindaB220 Overrun With Chickens

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    Tell them good luck. [​IMG]
     
  8. Blarneyeggs

    Blarneyeggs Overrun With Chickens

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    Thank you! Actual weight on fair scale was 8.5 lbs, lol! So much for the home method.
     
  9. BigRedRoo

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    The numbers might seem high but my birds are fed 12/12 and have been since week three. the only way I could lower the numbers to 11-15 would be to feed for 3 on 3 off and repeat til the 12th hour. This is not possible as I would have to bee in the coop every three hours which is just ludicriss. Birds are 9 weeks now and will go for processessing at week 10.5 I will report actuall size when they go for processessing.
     

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