Just processed a few, they don't look too big.....

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by obsessed, Mar 25, 2009.

  1. obsessed

    obsessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 3, 2008
    Slidell, LA
    They are 7 weeks and look a bit smaller than the whole chickens in the market? I thought they were supposed to be huge...

    I guess it was the feed. I have been using chick starter cause that was all I had access to. What give?
  2. Brunty_Farms

    Brunty_Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2007
    A lot gives... Weather, surroundings, feed, water is just a start...

    What percentage feed did you feed them?

    Did you have them outside?

    Was the weather cool? 50 or below?

    Crowded? or Did they have too much room to run?

    Cornish x need to have at least a 20% protein to preform well and the weather needs to be somewhat stable without huge fluctuations. If you have them running free range they burn a lot of calories and naturally are going to take 9 weeks to fill out. If they were crowded too much their growth will be stunted to the point of a 5 week old cornish and not much more.

    All of these things will delay you a week or even two in processed weights.

    In 6 weeks you should have a bird that is 3.5 lbs dressed weight. So if you have birds averaging 4 pounds you are in the right direction and you did things right. Your not going to get 10-14 pounders in 7 weeks or even 8 weeks. It normaly takes at least 10 weeks to achieve birds of this stature.... which honestly its luck of the draw, as most hatcheries have a pot luck on what line of chicks they hatch. Some are roaster strains which will get a lot bigger than a fryer strain with few problems. Some are cornish x hen strains and are designed to live 5 weeks and only be a pound and a quarter dressed.

    Too many factors play into why your birds aren't what you expected.

    What were your average weights?

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