Red Broiler hens look a wee bit scrawny 2 days before D Day

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by themagicash, Oct 6, 2011.

  1. themagicash

    themagicash Out Of The Brooder

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    My red broiler cockerel looks great (love how I got just one roo out of 8 birds in a st run) but some of the hens look pretty small. They are 11.5 weeks old. Their harvest date is this Saturday. If I hold off on harvesting some of the hens, how long can they go? Has anyone kept a red broiler till 18-20 weeks? Next week I am starting some CX and I could probably keep the red broilers until the CX are ready...

    Anyone had issues on a long lived red broiler?

    My 8 broilers are in a 40sqft run and occasionally free range my suburban yard. They have had 20-28% feed depending on what the store had in stock.

    Thanks!
     
  2. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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    In my opinion that is too high of protein and you could have all kinds of problems. 18% is what I always us. I had CX's that were laying before I butchered. Breast weren't as juicy but alright, I was able to get 5 meals from the breast meat of all the girls I butchered. The funniest thing was watching my Duccles mating with them it was like they were just sitting on a table [​IMG] They were fertile too. I hatched one thinking it was Duccle but due to the lack of leg feathers I knew it was a CX mix, cute chick though.
    Michele
     
  3. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

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    When I did red broilers, I kept the pullets until around 16wks and they weren't having any trouble. I could probably have kept them longer if I wanted to. We raise our CX on 22% feed for their whole lives though I wouldn't go any higher than that.
     

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