What do you feed your meat birds????

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by ChickLuver, Jan 23, 2009.

  1. ChickLuver

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    I am new to meat birds and am trying to figure out what percentage protien, fiber etc.... Thanks!
     
  2. Big Red

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    From 1 to 21 days you can feed them 2oz per bird Protein 20%, Fat 6.5% and Fiber 4.0%.
    For 21 to finish the protein should be 19% and everything else the same. This is if you have Conish rocks and also based on what you are feed ur feeding them. These feeds i'v'e found varied.....
    For dual-purpose birds i suppose you can use the same formula

    Hope that gives you some sort of idea to start of with.
     
  3. jaku

    jaku Songster

    You'll be fine with anything over 20%
     
  4. We feed Homestead Fast Grow All-Natural from Hubbard Feeds. Works great!!

    Jim
     
  5. ChickLuver

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    Thank you everyone!!!! I really appreciate it!! [​IMG]
     
  6. Salt and Light

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    I feed all my birds the same thing: Purina Start and Grow, non-medicated.
     
  7. MissPrissy

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    The first 2 weeks they get Purina Start and Grow. All they can eat around the clock.

    The next 6 - 8 weeks they get a grower ration. No food at night. Only water.

    The last 2 weeks I begin mixing cracked corn into their feed for a week.

    The final week they are finishing out on corn only.

    I am not feeding them to keep them healthy and growing forever.

    I feed them to better serve my purpose which is to fill my table.

    2 weeks, with how much they eat, it is enough time to put on a layer fat. A nice thick pad of fat at the cavity opening is what I like to see.

    I do not waste the fat. I harvest the fat and render the oils from the tissue and use it for savory pie crusts, dumplings, etc.

    I also harvest the internal organs - heart (for my dog feeds), gizzard (because I like them), liver (because fried chcken livers are awesome!).

    Waste not want not.
     
  8. spook

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    Personally I read to make sure I used no animal protein- broiler feed has feathers and ground up birds etc. Yuck.
    I began our birds on medicated starter, changed to unmedicated crumbles, then to layer feed (it was cheap $5 for the 50 lb bag) then I went to a fat and finish- mind you we only had 6 birds.
    They did not stay up at night, placed them in a shady area in the yard for coolness, the only time they had a heat lamp was for the first week, after that it was warm enough to let them go without the light.
    At 8 weeks they were still able to get up and move, even tho they sat each time they moved! All weight approx 6 ish pounds each.
    Good luck to you! This year I am planning on building a wire ground level pen to move each day, that way the can enjoy grass.
    Good luck with your choices!
     
  9. ssledoux

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    This thread interests me as well because I'm getting my meat birds in a few weeks.

    Couple of issues I have which I'd like to see addressed by someone who feels the same:

    1 - I don't want medicated feed in my birds at all. If I wanted medication in my animals, I'd buy them from the store. How many options do I have in non-medicated, and what are they?

    2 - I have issues with the use of corn. Do you have to finish with corn?

    3 - I want no rendered dead animals in my feed. Who offers good, clean, natural feed, and how easy is it to find?

    Thanks!
     
  10. dadof4

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    I use the Dumore from TSC. It is non-medicated. 24% protein. I use it from day one to day "I'm gonna dispatch chickens." I buy straight run chicks so I don't do them all at one time. It makes it easier for me.
     
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