Meat birds.. questions before I order

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by FrogDoc, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. FrogDoc

    FrogDoc Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 28, 2011
    We've never had meat birds before, but are going to try this year. Our local elevator's deadline for ordering is 1 April. Before I do I was wondering whether there is a fairly high survival rate. That is, if I want to end up with 20 birds in my freezer, should I buy 30? Or will all 20 probably make it? Does the sex matter?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. jecombs

    jecombs Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 31, 2011
    My experience with cornish x has been good so far. We got 11 birds 2 weeks ago and have had zero losses at this point. I had a friend who had this breed last year and did have a few losses, but it was because she waited too long to butcher them. She was trying to get them to 12 weeks old, which was a mistake. She lost 2-3 birds to heart attack because she waited so long.
  3. homestead tim

    homestead tim Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 28, 2011
    I have great success Cornish X. May loose 1-2% but never very many. They are fast growing, eating and pooping machines. They drink alot of water. I like cleaning the coop every other week or so to keep the smell down. They have a very buttery smell. If you want large birds, order roosters. You dont need to order them from your feedmill. Meyer Hatchery has a great web site and will ship them usps. They travel just fine and the post office takes good care of them!
  4. sydney13

    sydney13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2010
    As long as you dont wait too long before butchering them you should be fine. The only birds Ive ever lost are when I let them grow really big and then one or two will have their legs go out. I think as long as they have enough movement from walking around they tend to have really good survival rates.

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