Meat birds.. questions before I order

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

  1. FrogDoc

    FrogDoc Out Of The Brooder

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    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!
    Frog
     
  2. jecombs

    jecombs Out Of The Brooder

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    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

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    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

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    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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