Raising a variety of meat breeds

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by OrganicFarmWife, Mar 2, 2016.

  1. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Overrun With Chickens

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    I got my second batch of meat birds. Hopefully I will have better luck this time. I ordered again from Hoover's and again I got a box full of happy healthy chick's.
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    I ordered 9 straight run jersey giants, 8 red Ranger and 8 rainbow Dixie again.
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    This is the older chick's checking out their new brooder mates.
    The older chick's no longer need the heat and spend all day outside in the broiler pen.
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    I pull them inside every night because I do not think they are ready to spend all night on the ground...need to fashion a run of some sort between the future tractor and the broiler pen. I do not dare allow them out free yet I know from experience that my farm cats are brutal. My current solution is to transport them in a large rabbit cage (I have them trained to come in at sight of food dish) but that will not work with 25 birds, especially as large as those birds get. I need to get a better picture, but my meat birds are only a week older then their broodmate layers.
     
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    We finally were able to work on the tractor again today. We finished the roof and got the front covered with hardware cloth.

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  3. OrganicFarmWife

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    Meanwhile my surviving broilers are growing fast
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    The larger bird, maybe Red Ranger?, is only a week older then the smaller layers.
     
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    My second batch of meat birds are doing well. They are now a week old and I went ahead and got a weight for them.
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    First up is the Rainbow Dixie Males. I have five of them. Their average weight is 96 grams, the largest being 112 grams, my smallest is 75 grams.
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    Second up is my Red Ranger Males, he was not interested in the photo op. I also have five of these. The average weight of these is 105 grams, the largest being 127 grams, the smallest being 61 grams.
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    Finally I have eight Jersey Giants, started with ten. They seemed to fair the worst in the travel. These are a straight run. The average weight of these chicks is 54 grams, the largest being 63, the smallest being 49.
    I also have a mixture of female Rainbow Dixie and Red Ranger, they are not as clearly marked so will wait to compare weights.
     
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    slingshotandLAR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I like the wagon...

    I just finished building one my self
     
  6. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Overrun With Chickens

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    Pictures?
     
  7. MannyB

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    Maybe late now but I have seen the bedding in my brooder be the cause of wet chicks.
    Sometimes they will kick the bedding up into the waterer edge and then a wicking action through the wood chips or paper can drain the waterer into the bedding. I caught it quick in my brooder but it still drawing bed half the quart sized waterer in 30 min.
     
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  8. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Overrun With Chickens

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    Yeah that was kind of what people suggested when I came on here after looking for answers. I have always used straw, never had a problem, but something definitely went wrong that time. I did switch to a quail waterer and do not allow them a regular waterer until 3 weeks now (tad bit paranoid still). It means I have to check more frequently because they go through the pint pretty quickly. But I hated having all of those losses.
    But thanks for confirming what others suggested, it is probably exactly what happened.
     
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    Week 2
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    First up are the Dixie Rainbows:
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    They average 230g (8.11 oz), making them have a 134g weight gain.

    Next is the Red Ranger
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    They weigh an average of 226g (7.97 oz), with a gain of 121g
    The Jersey Giants
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    They weigh an average of 125g (4.41 oz), gaining 71g.
    My layers, mixed Barr Rock and Buff Orpington of the same age weigh an average of 128g with a weight gain of 76g.
     
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    My 7 week old meat birds compared to my 6 week old layers (Leghorn and Australorp (I think))
    They spend most of the day outside in the broiler pen, it is getting to be a chore to get them into the cage to carry them into the brooder, but they are much safer there.
     

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