raising cornish chickens

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by [email protected], Jul 28, 2013.

  1. bassmaster1498@aol.com

    [email protected] In the Brooder

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    I raise cornish chickens for a guy. Everyone tells me that in 8 weeks they will be at 5 and 6 pounds. At 8 weeks of age for me their only 3 to 4 pounds. I have them in a 20x30 chicken coop (200) in a coop it does get hott in there do you think the heat will slow down the growth of a cornish chicken does anyone know what I am doing wrong to make them grow slower? does anyone know what I can do to get them to gaining more weight faster??? i'm feeding them 22% protein any ideas please help
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

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    Sounds like they should be bigger alright. Do they have a lot of access to their food or just one feeding per day? That's all I can think of...more food more often. You might try posting in the Meat Bird section here:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/21/meat-birds-etc
     
  3. NC Chick Man82

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    I know when I had my cornish I had to keep on top of the feed cause soon as I put it out they were eating it up! How are they treating feed when you put it out are they eating good or just nibble at it and then leave it alone?
     
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  4. I had 50 once, they went through a 50 lb bag a week!!! and we butchered at 4 months...
     
  5. I should add, we should've butchered earlier, life got in the way, so they were huge, prolly more than a bag a week that last month!!!

    How many bags a week you going through with 200? 4? 5?
     
  6. bassmaster1498@aol.com

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    I go through about 40 bags of feed when they start out as day old chicks to 8 weeks old and they are only 3 to 4 pounds. I need them at 6 or 7 pounds what to do?????
     
  7. NC Chick Man82

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    increase protein somehow in the diet
     
  8. k9eagle

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    Keep the feed to them that is what i did mine dressed out any where between 6- 8 lb the roosters were the bigger ones
     
  9. NC Chick Man82

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