My Cornish seem small

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by blackstone, Nov 10, 2014.

  1. blackstone

    blackstone Out Of The Brooder

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    I have some Cornish X Rocks that I got from McMurray Hatchery the first week of September which makes them almost 10 weeks old.

    All the information and testimonials indicated that, at 10-12 weeks, I would have some real nice birds to butcher.

    One testimonial/review claims he is dressing out 10#s at 13 weeks.

    Well, I don't have an official weight but I doubt that I have any rooster that would dress out at 3# right now. Hens are much smaller and one is almost tiny.

    I'd like to think I'm feeding them enough. I didn't follow the recommendation strictly but was giving them free choice. Their feeder would run out at night

    Is this a myth or am I inept like it seems I am at everything else?
     
  2. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    Ten pound chickens at 13 weeks??? I highly doubt it. Exactly what/how much are you feeding your birds?
     
  3. chicknshrimp

    chicknshrimp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine were between 4-6 lbs dressed weight at ~8wks. They were giant looking, we processed between 8-9 wks because they looked uncomfortable in the summer heat, they were so large they were awkward to hold in two hands. We fed free choice starter/grower and they were free-ranging. Good luck!
     
  4. blackstone

    blackstone Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks for the responses

    I have a 13 birds and I'm guessing a 2 gallon feeder.
    They have gotten one of those almost full in the morning and one scoop at night.

    Until today I fed the Dumoor's Starter/Grower 20% protein.

    Quote: Ten pound chickens at 13 weeks??? I highly doubt it.
    Quote: I tend to want to agree with you but it's posted on McMurry's site.
     
  5. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    I think that is 'possible' but for the most part 'improbable' ... you would think that a site as mainline as McMurray's would place a disclaimer to the effect "these results are not a guarantee, etc."
     
  6. blackstone

    blackstone Out Of The Brooder

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    I did take that as an outlier.
    But mine were definitely underperforming
     
  7. phalenbeck

    phalenbeck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a batch last year that took forever to grow out. Done maybe 8-10 batches, some slower, some faster, but one from last year seemed to take forever. Wish I kept records.
     
  8. blackstone

    blackstone Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm going to weigh in the morning.
    Live weight.

    I'll weigh the largest rooster and the smallest hen (Not the runt.I have one of those)
     
  9. TaraBellaBirds

    TaraBellaBirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just finished a batch, free ranged with my regular flock with a starter grower feed. The roos dressed out at 6 to 7lbs at 13 weeks. I waited on the females, just processed at 17 weeks, I got one girl at 9lbs dressed!!! [​IMG]

    It all factors in on what you feed them, how active, and the birds themselves. It might be possible to get one that big that fast, but it would take more than most backyard chicken people are willing to put in.
     
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  10. blackstone

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    I grabbed the bathroom scales per a suggestion on another forum

    This probably isn't terribly accurate but here's what I came up with.

    Largest Cornish roo 5#
    Small hen 2#

    For comparison, Slow White hen, approx. 1-1/2 yo) 6#
     

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