Is there a curve in weight gain on meaties?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by bnentrup, May 26, 2010.

  1. bnentrup

    bnentrup Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2010
    Central Indiana
    Another newbie question, maybe you can see where I am going...

    Is there a standard/consistent curve of weight gain on meaties in that at an age of 4-weeks, those who are heaviest in weight will likely be the heaviest at harvest time of 8 weeks? Anyone done these types of weight charts?

    If so, I would like to keep back a few of my hens for some breeding experiments, but I would want to modify their diet to preserve for longevity (get them into Jenny Craig) to be able to sustain egg laying for a longer period of time.

    Second question; how do you guys leg band for your experiment/monitored birds? What is the best source/practice?
  2. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2008
    Yorkshire, Ohio
    I have noticed a spike in growth at 5 weeks. Their feed intake begins to really increase at this age.
  3. uhuh555

    uhuh555 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2009
    We use colored leg bands, top band indicated bloodline, second indicates year hatched, third indicates birds hatched during April, May and June. Then when we decide which birds to keep for breeding the bands are replaced with numbered open bands that require special pliers to close them. Then the number is recorded on 3x5 cards with all the appropriate information.
  4. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    Quote:great share thanks!

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