I'm thinking of raising some chickens to eat. Any pointers?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by The_Silver_Warrior, Mar 27, 2018.

  1. The_Silver_Warrior

    The_Silver_Warrior Chirping

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    I've always wanted to try to raise some meat chickens. My local feed store sells Cornish Rock crosses for 2$, and I'd like to try to raise some, but I have no idea when to start.
    Here are my main questions:
    1. What to feed them
    2. Any special care, housing, etc.
    3. And if I didn't eat one, how long would it live?
     
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  2. Margaretlumley01

    Margaretlumley01 Chirping

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    1. There is special meat birds feed
    2. For housing they need just about the same as layers
    3. Depends on the breed. If you get a broiler, it won't live very long because they get to fat and break their legs. A red ranger might live longer, though

    Also, they can only drink water the day before they get butchered, no food!
     
  3. The_Silver_Warrior

    The_Silver_Warrior Chirping

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    Thank you!
     
  4. The_Silver_Warrior

    The_Silver_Warrior Chirping

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    They can't eat food os there's no poop when you're gutting them right?
     
  5. Abriana

    Abriana Spicy Sugar Cookie

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    As for the last question, meat birds have small hearts and a large body. They often die soon into adulthood. However, with proper food rationing, they can leave fairly long for a bird of their breed.
     
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