My crowing meatie...little troublemaker =P

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Jschaaff, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. Jschaaff

    Jschaaff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This "little guy" is 6 weeks old, and has been trying for the last week to find his voice..and OH my...at 7:00 AM this morning, let me tell ya...he found it! He is the funny little watch dog of my meat "flock" and guess he decided to enforce his status with a little crowing. Unfortunately his new voice might just move processing day up for everyone! Troublemaker!! I know a lot of people do not like these guys, I read a lot of how dirty and awkward they are etc...but I gotta say, though I'll have no problem processing them, I really like these guys. They're entertaining. Especially the way they go running when the big bad alien (Me,) that they have never Ever seen before (Only every day for almost 6 weeks) comes out to feed them and water them....they run (yeah yeah...waddle, I know) off, screaming and cheeping like they're afraid for their lives.... Hmmm... maybe they are smarter than we think.... [​IMG]


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    -Jessa

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  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Wow!! Yours look really good!!! Do they free range in addition to feed???
     
  3. Jschaaff

    Jschaaff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! They are free ranged all day, 7AM to 9PM. At night, they have a 5x5 tractor that they sleep in, but besides heading in for some shade (they prefer the trees tho) they really only use the tractor for sleeping. They always have access to food and water, but don't seem to eat quite as much food as i thought they would. They are pretty decent sized already, and with 10 chickens (I lost one runt last weekend [​IMG] ..so down to 9) we have only gone through maybe 75 lbs of feed. I was expecting 120+ lbs or so of feed by the 8 week mark (12 days from now), and maybe we'll still get there, but I don't think so. If they dress out to size and I don't go through all that feed...yippee!!!

    -Jessa
     
  4. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    your birds look great; they put to shame anyone calling them frakenchickens [​IMG]
    I really enjoy mine too.
     
  5. Buugette

    Buugette [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG]Cra

    May 26, 2009
    Bucks County, PA
    What kind of chickens are they? Hubby and I are thinking of trying maybe 2 meaties... just to see if we can do it, and how good it is. We have other chickens that are PETS... and we would never eat. I would so like to try to grow our own meat.

    Diana
     
  6. Merryment

    Merryment Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nice meaties! You're doing a great job with them.

    Little Mr. Big Britches crowing at 6 weeks. Awk! [​IMG] We want to have some Red Broilers, but we live in town, not supposed to have roos. and can only get them as straight run. I'm on the fence whether to roll the dice or not & risk getting a Little Mr. Big Britches of my own.

    Really nice looking birds!
     
  7. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Quote:So do you keep feed only in the tractor, or do you have feeders out and about? If I ever try meat birds, I could only do it the way you're doing it - raise them like "normal" chickens, or at least as naturally as possible. [​IMG]
     
  8. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    her beautiful healthy birds are the notorius Cornish Cross that you hear so many people bad mouthing.
     
  9. Merryment

    Merryment Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Choose to raise them, or choose not to. I choose not to, but I'm not gonna look down my nose at anyone who does raise them. [​IMG]
     
  10. BigSkyChickens

    BigSkyChickens Free Bird

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    "Little Guy" is saying "Cock-a-doodle-doo - I want to go first!"
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    Good job raising beautiful, healthy birds. They look awesome.
     

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