Over feeding Red Ranger meat birds

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by daniel7, Jul 12, 2016.

  1. daniel7

    daniel7 New Egg

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    I purchase 45 Red Ranger meat birds on April 4th. The feeders are kept full of a commercial meat bird mix (21% protein), and they free range all day. I also provide them with one flock block per month and occasional watermelon and tomatoes. Currently, they are going through roughly 20 lbs of meat bird mix per day. They appear healthy, but there is a wide disparity in size. Approximately 3 lbs difference between the largest and smallest roosters. Am I feeding them too much? Also, at what age should I put them in the freezer?

    FYI, Red Rangers are a 50/50 cross between RIR and Cornish Cross.
     
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    I send mine to the freezer in waves, largest to smallest. It depends on what size carcasses you want, and how convenient processing will be. I do feed Flock Raiser, 20% protein, rather than the meat bird feed. Did you get feeding recommendations from the producer? Holding on to the fastest growing birds may be a problem, if they are 'channeling' the Cornishx birds, who fall apart very young. Mary
     
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  3. daniel7

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    Thanks for the information. I did not get recommendations from the producer. We live in a fairly remote area, so options for feed are pretty limited. I've had them on meat bird mix for the past six weeks. All the birds appear to be healthy. No breakdown in their legs or vitality that I can see, however, my primary concern is their lungs, as we live at 7300 ft. elevation.
     

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