Rainbow broilers maturity?new to meatbirds

esme13

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So I am a newbie when it comes to broilers. When the pandemic happened, I added 3 broilers to my small chick order.

I am finding out that broilers eat a lot. And I mean a lot! 3 birds can finish a whole feed bowl , while my 8 chicks same age don’t. Because of that, I started free ranging and restricting the broilers intake of feed. 12hr breaks :)

they are getting huge! I have 2 hens and 1 roo. Never had any kind of rooster. So my main question is how long does it take for this breed to mature? When would a rooster and hen reach maturity? Or they earlier than other breeds??

Do broilers crow a lot? And when if I held a hen to keep in my flock, when would she likely lay (age)?

I have two hens. One has a very red comb and the other is very pale. They are only 8 weeks old. Currently the size of my polish, just way heavier. The rooster, well he has a pretty comb :) and his lovely tail is coming in. Any tips advice I’d enjoy to hear. As I’ve never had them, I did read up on them. But it’s different once you raise them.
 

iwltfum

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You can probably butcher them by 10-14 weeks. We butcher our ranger type breeds at 8 weeks and around 4.5 pounds butchered, but you could push them another month or two and have 7-10 pound birds potentially. After too long, you will spend more feeding them than the meat will be worth to you.
 

esme13

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Do they ever slow down eatting? Or is it their mission to eat non stop? If I held on to a hen, would I regret it with feed ratio?
 

esme13

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Even then though they won't produce fabulous offspring for eating. Theyre hybrids, and the chicks will more than likely just be regular smaller birds
All of this is great to know :) if one did keep until laying, what’s the earliest and latest they can start laying ? What is the life span of these hybrids? And any ideas what mixes into them? Or is that just all over the pace with the hybrids? I like learning
 

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