Meat bird development (Week 9) - 10 lbs 11oz! Done. Whew!

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by tomsgonefishin, Mar 5, 2008.

  1. tomsgonefishin

    tomsgonefishin In the Brooder

    Jul 27, 2007
    Raleigh, North Carolina
    Here is a link to some pics of our meat birds over the first 4 weeks. My kids are measuring them and weighing them each week as a homeschool project. They really do grow fast compared to the layers we got on the same day.

    Take a look at the Week 5 pics. There is a Delaware pullet that is also 5 weeks old for comparrison of growth rate.
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2008
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    I raised jumbo cornish from MM this past fall. I tried to keep up with their weight but with 27 it just got confusing. LOL

    Good luck with your project.
  3. K&H Chicken Farm

    K&H Chicken Farm Songster

    Feb 17, 2008
    Redding CA
    Wow that bogles the mind. TY for posting that.
  4. lacyloo

    lacyloo Cooped Up

    May 26, 2007
    north florida
    they are so cute , but so darn taste [​IMG]
  5. texaschickmama

    texaschickmama Songster

    Sep 19, 2007
    Poolville, TX
    Holy Fried Chicken, Batman, those are huge at 4 wks. [​IMG]
  6. blue90292

    blue90292 Songster

    Jan 30, 2007
    Rosharon, TX
    amazing, a foot tall at 4 weeks!
  7. got-horn?

    got-horn? In the Brooder

    Feb 26, 2008
    High Desert CA
    Those were great pictures!!!
    Now I know what I have to look forward to.
    Thank You for sharing them.
  8. tomsgonefishin

    tomsgonefishin In the Brooder

    Jul 27, 2007
    Raleigh, North Carolina
    Glad you all liked the pics. I'll post the next 4 weeks in early April.
    The largest one was 3.6 lbs at 4weeks old. The smallest one was almost a pound
    lighter. I didn't think there would be such a size variation within the group.
    We only have 7 of them for our first batch.
  9. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    Very good pics. This is a very educational post.
    Chickens are one of the best lessons you can give a kid. I can't
    say enough what the chicken thing has done for my son.
  10. hooligan

    hooligan Songster

    Aug 20, 2007
    Glad I clicked on this thread, the only one I have read in this section EVER!
    I have a few questions...
    #1 What breed is this exactly? Is it a Cornish X like the poultry producers have?

    #2 I notice the feathering looks sparce. Is that because he is getting feathers in or what I am assuming is because of the massive growth?

    #3 What are you feeding and what % is the protein?

    #4 Do you plan on continuing photographing the growth/weight of your birds and if so, for how long? I would love to see how the alternate caring of your bird varies from the "industry" birds.

    Your bird looks very healthy. Makes me sad to think these rescued "broilers" (that I have) could have looked a bit more normal like yours (though I won't be eating them!).

    We have Bob in the house right now due to a pecking issue (poor fella was getting picked on) and he is about 4 mos old and weighed 12 lbs last night.

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