meat chicks food availability

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by egggarden, Sep 18, 2008.

  1. egggarden

    egggarden In the Brooder

    May 15, 2008
    Central Wisconsin
    We are raising our first batch of CornishX chicks. They are almost 5 weeks old. I've been feeding grower starter in the morning and around 5:00PM, giving them a bit of scratch, grass, kale, etc. during the day. Should they have grower starter feed available all day? I keep reading about them growing too fast and having heart attacks and breaking legs!
  2. Cason

    Cason Songster

    I put feed out for mine 12 hours, then remove it for 12 hours.
  3. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    i feed in the a.m., let them eat it down and then put another rasher out in afternoon. mine also free range all day. when the food is gone in evening, it's too bad, so sad!

    water 24/7.

    i have had no leg issues and no death of any kind. started out with 26 (now 8 wks.) and 5 (now 4 wks.) there are 27 left.

    four died of natural causes...lady wants chicken for dinner![​IMG]

    you'll know if you are feeding them enough by watching them. also, you'll know if you are feeding too much in the same way.

    hope they turn out fantastic!

    ETA number we ate!
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2008

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