Types of feed for dual purpose meat birds

pat3494

In the Brooder
9 Years
Mar 9, 2010
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Hi Everyone,
I just joined and I'm expecting my first batch of chicks this week, 25 Buff Orpingtons. I plan on butchering most of them but saving 3-4 for egg laying. How long should I feed chick starter, when if ever do I switch to a meat feed before I butcher, and when should I feed laying feed to the rest? Thanks a lot. I'm in Northern Florida.
 

4-H chicken mom

Crowing
13 Years
Aug 3, 2007
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Oberlin, OH
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from Ohio. So glad you joined. Generally you feed chick starter/grower until about 20 weeks, then they are switched to a layer feed. Good luck.
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pat3494

In the Brooder
9 Years
Mar 9, 2010
36
1
32
Northern Florida
Would it be a mistake to feed Buff Orpingtons meat rations with very high protein even if you're going eat them? What is the best time to slaughter?
 

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