My small meat bird project

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Flyboy718, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. Flyboy718

    Flyboy718 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 27, 2011
    I decided I would try a little meat bird project. I picked up 4 cornish X from TSC when they finally got chicks in on the 28th. They were $1.99 a piece plus a bag of pine shavings and a 50 lb bag of Dumor 20% Starter/ Grower came to: $31.50 My plan is to slaughter them when they finish that 50 lb bag of feed. If that works out I will have $7.77 into each time I will use the surplus of leaves I have and not buy pine shavings and that will put the cost to $6.40 per bird.
    According to the manager at TSC they will continue to recieve chicks each week for nine weeks then stop for the hottest parts of the summer and will resume with nine more weeks of chicks at the end of the summer. I worked out a schedule on paper that will allow me to buy three batches of 4 chicks on a rotational basis within that nine weeks which will allow me to put 12 birds in the freezer.

    All is well so far and today they are 10 days old, almost a quarter of the way to slaughter. I weighed them on the 7th at one week old and they weighed 7 oz each. I have been taking them outside everyday for some exercise for 30 minutes to an hour, they don't move much at all so I seperate each one to all four corners of my small backyard and let them walk to one takes them a little while and I do this twice otherwise they would just stand there or lie there in a huddle. I have tried feeding them treats, small pieces of bread and today I put a banana in their brooder...they will have none of it and eat only the commercial food. They do peck at the grass when I have them outside a little. At the beginning of the second week they have really turned up the eating and pooping. They are consuming at entire quart mason jar of food in 12 hours and are pooping twice as much as last week. I have not been limiting any food, I think I will let them fully feather, move them in my grow out pen at night and then begin to take up food for the night. They are some pretty nasty birds, quite a culture shock from my layers. They don't poop, they squirt. You gotta really keep fresh shavings down to keep them clean and from laying in their poop . First picture is first
    week and last picture is second week. their . [​IMG]
  2. hydroswiftrob

    hydroswiftrob Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2011
    N. Texas
    My Coop
    Our TSC has a six chick minimum.

    I plan on putting our 6 out in a tractor for 5 weeks, when I set the six in the tractor, I will buy six more from TSC. If your 9 week schedule is correct, I should be able to do this 3 times this spring.
  3. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    Our TSC only gets chicks in about now for a few weeks and that's it. :(
  4. jerryb

    jerryb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 7, 2011
    Southern Michigan
    they will order them for you all year long if you just ask. maybe if you get a couple others to go in on an order you could do multiple batches together?

    good luck
  5. Flyboy718

    Flyboy718 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 27, 2011

    I sweet talked the manager to get less than 6;)
  6. Our feed store (we dont have a TSC) only have buckeyes (what are those?) EE's, austrolorps, and chantacluers :(
  7. Flyboy718

    Flyboy718 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 27, 2011
    buckeye is a not so well known dual purpose I believe, wish we could get them here.
  8. Well our feed store orders from

    A) Sandhill


    B) Ideal

    not sure, they both carry buck eyes, chantcluers, and EE and austrolorps
  9. the_great_snag

    the_great_snag Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2007
    Staples, Minnesota
    Buckeyes are a great cold weather breed. Probably why they are offering them in Alaska. I had a flock of them last year before we had to move and was very pleased with them. The only issue we had was the roosters get pretty ornery and occasionally threshed our legs when we went in to feed them. Usually a good kick back in their general direction seemed to settle their issues nicely though. :)

    PS. I think I ordered my Buckeyes from Meyer Hatchery. They are available from several places though, so anyone should be able to get some if they shop a little.
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2012
  10. Oh cool, well we have a buck eye and austrolorp, when the buck eye gets older i might shoot it, I can't kill a chicken by chopping its head off, too sad, i have to treat it like a grouse. Shoot it, skin it, cook it

    Oh cool, well when they get more we'll see who they get their chickens from, they also get guineas (have to special order them tho) turkeys (BBB and midget whites)

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