How much feed will cornish x rocks eat before slaughter?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Oceanseve, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. Oceanseve

    Oceanseve Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just crunching some numbers. We don't have space for free range. Just curious how many lbs I can expect each chicken to go through by 8 weeks.... Thanks for the help!
     
  2. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Fifteen pounds each is a safe assumtion.
     
  3. Oceanseve

    Oceanseve Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! My other Q would be what feed do most of you do? I've heard diff opinions from feed stores, starter beginning to end, starter then scratch, starter then game feed.... help?
     
  4. blueskylen

    blueskylen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We used the Tractor supply brand - high protein
     
  5. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use a 23% unmedicated feed the whole time. I have read that many here on the BYC use a higher protein feed, but 23% works good for me. After two weeks old, I feel it's best to feed 12 hours with feed, 12 hours without. If you do this, it will help them from over eating which will decrease unwanted early deaths. A few may die for no apparent reason. This is one of the undesirable traits of the Cornish X. I was told by someone who used to raised 10,000 a year that losing 1 in 12 is typical, which is about what I've expirienced.

    Hope this helps.
     
  6. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    I feed 20% protein unmedicated broiler mix. I think anything over 20 is fine. I do 12 on, 12 off. I agree on the death rate bigredfeather mentioned- I've experienced similar.
     
  7. Oceanseve

    Oceanseve Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't find a single feed store that has grower/broiler, starter/grower medicated is all I can find.... any recs on where to find it online - cheap?
     
  8. dadof4

    dadof4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also use the Tractor Supply Brand, Dumor. They make a 24% protein I use from start to finish. I also do the 12 on 12 off.
     
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  9. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Locate a purina dealer--I get mine from purina.
     
  10. Curly Girls

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    2lbs of feed per 1lb of weight gain is the ideal feed conversion. We shoot for 6.5-7lbs live weight. That products about a 5.5lb carcus.

    Cornish X hens typically gain 2oz a day the first week and then go to 4oz a day for the next few weeks, slowing down at about 8-10 weeks.

    Cocks gain a little quicker, and are usually ready at 8-10 weeks, hens at 10-12 weeks. We usually order hens. 12 hours on 12 hours off on feed is a good idea. They grow so fast, it's better for their health.

    Any feed over 20% should be fine. However, protein is protein. The more they have, the more they grow.

    If you can't find unmedicated feed, find a feed store. TSC isn't much of a feed store. They carry feed, but only what's mainsteam and it usually costs more. Starter was $14 a bag at TSC, 24% from local feed store was $9. Google feed store in your City, try purina's website for dealers. You can also try the yellow pages (online) for feed stores in a city that is not too far, but in the country.

    We usually do 100 a year, 50 for us and 50 for friends...
     

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