How much to feed my Cornish cross?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Maxx_a_mouse, Nov 17, 2019.

  1. Maxx_a_mouse

    Maxx_a_mouse Chirping

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    Hi! I feed my layers 1/4 a pound per chicken per day, but I have this one Cornish cross that I have no idea how much to feed, as he always seems hungry. He was supposed to be a laying hen, but the store gave me him instead . He’s about 20lbs and I’m currently feeding him 1.5lbs per day (6 chickens worth). Is that enough? Attached are some pictures of him. He looks mean but he’s a total sweetheart

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    Folly's place Crossing the Road

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    You must be doing something right! He's still alive, a triumph.
    I feed my flock free choice, Flock Raiser, which is an all-flock feed that's always fresh at my local feed stores, and with oyster shell on the side.
    If you are in a warm climate, with more than snow available for them, that's great. If they need total feeding now, add more. Nearly nobody tries for long term survival for these guys, because that's not what they can do well, if at all. I'd recommend that you talk to a university poultry expert if possible.
    Mary
     
  4. Maxx_a_mouse

    Maxx_a_mouse Chirping

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    that’s a nice story, but I’m not trying to make him lose weight, I am trying to maintain his weight. I’m not sure this article will help with what I’m looking for, but it was nice to read about!
     
  5. Maxx_a_mouse

    Maxx_a_mouse Chirping

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    hopefully I’m doing something right! He can do everything that all the other hens can do, which includes running, jumping at the food can, pulling water dishes out of my hand, climbing up the stairs to get the food that I’m eating, and of course, shaking sand out of his feathers into my eyes.

    I’m feeding him later feed, as I was told after a certain age they can eat later feed with the ladies (he’s 8 months now, he’s been on what the ladies have been on since they all came). I’ve always limited feed for them, and he seems healthy that way, but he also gets tons of exercise chasing my dog:idunno
    (He is 3lbs bigger then my dog mind you)

    What I’ve said since I found out he was a Cornish cross is that if he even starts developing any type of health issue, he’s going to be served with broccoli (his original name was broccoli before it evolved to mr. Fat lol)
     

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