meatie diet question

plreef

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11 Years
Jan 7, 2009
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I have 37, 3 1/2 week old Cornish Rocks from Ideal. Right now they just over a pound in weight. I put the on broiler crumbles. 22% protein. Should I add in crushed corn into their diet?
Ideal says that they can reach 6 pounds in 6 weeks. I just don't see that happening. I have never raised meaties before. I'm I on the right track or should I change their diet?


Thanks.
 

jbhill

Hatching
11 Years
Dec 1, 2008
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Arma, KS
We raised Cornish X meat birds (straight runs) last year and they weighed about 26 oz (1.63 lbs) at 3 weeks. At 4 weeks they weighed 47 oz (2.62 lbs). They gained nearly 20 oz per week. We started butchering at 6.5 wks & finished @ 7.5 wks with an average dressed weight of 5.54 lbs. The larger birds were over 7 lbs & the smaller birds were 4.5 lbs.

Their main food was Purina Flock Raiser @ 20.0% protein. They were moved daily in the grass. We did add corn but I don't believe it was absolutely necessary.

Are you chickens caged, free range, grass fed,...? Free range chickens tend to dress smaller because they are more active.

Hopefully this info helps you.
 
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plreef

Songster
11 Years
Jan 7, 2009
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Eastern CT
Right now they are in a large brooder in the basement... Stinky stinky!!! Next week they are going out into a chicken tractor when they get feathered out.
 

plreef

Songster
11 Years
Jan 7, 2009
314
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Eastern CT
So do you think that they can still gain 3 to 5 pounds in the next 4 to 5 weeks? I know they grow fast but thats alot weight to gain.
 

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