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  1. 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. 3-4 pounds butchered or live weight?
     
  3. KFCCHICKENUTAH

    KFCCHICKENUTAH Out Of The Brooder

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    Had the same problem with mine. What are you feeding them and how often? I took mine in at about 7 weeks or so and the butcher said they were to small. Mine were 2.5 lbs live weight at this time. I changed them to a high protein chicken feed 24/7. At 11 weeks I had them butchered and all chickens had a dressed weight of over 6lbs and under 7.5lbs.
     
  4. Live weight, or butchered? They won't be 5-6 pounds butchered if they're that live. Keeping them on feed 24-7 is what we do. You can always add bugs for higher protein, but idk if Cornish like treats like normal chicks (ours didnt).
     
  5. KFCCHICKENUTAH

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    Mine didnt either. They wouldnt eat bugs or worms. Just feed 24/7. The chickens need to be 8 lbs to get a dressed weight of what your asking.They dress out at about 25-35% of live weight.
     
  6. ChocolateMouse

    ChocolateMouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chicks love devouring the occasional earthworm and one of them lept into the air, caught a moth, banged it on the floor and ate it before my eyes at six days old. I think it's cause I started them on bugs way early. :p

    You could try the fermented feed thread? With how fast my CX's are growing I doubt they'll be too small processing day....
     
  7. Agh. Just bought some 13 week old Cornish. They're maybe 4 lbs? Any ideas how to get them fatter? We're using game bird feed, unsure what they were on before. I think it's 18% or 20% protein
     
  8. KFCCHICKENUTAH

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    I buy the feed for meat birds at the local farm store that is 24% protein and let them eat all day, every day.
     
  9. leahcim823

    leahcim823 Out Of The Brooder

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    I fed mine, "multi-flock" from my local feed store its 24% protein. But for the first few weeks they were on chick start. Then the higher protein 12 on 12 off. We just processed 18 of them at 12 weeks old ( a little to late!!!) But end weight ranged from 9-15lbs... hardly any fat on tje roos but the hens were alittle fatty. We also thru crack corn in the barn, so they could forge alittle and have to work alittle....lol
     

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