What do you feed your meatbirds?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Dodgegal79, Sep 2, 2008.

  1. Dodgegal79

    Dodgegal79 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was wondering what everyone is feeding. I ma thinking of getting 50 cornish rock giants before the hatcheries close here in Canada for winter and was wonder. I would like to feed them whole grain or something along that line after they are off their starter. Any suggestions??
     
  2. pdpatch

    pdpatch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Start then off with chick starter, if they are the fast growing out can keep them on the chick starter for the entire time.

    Some will put them on a finisher type feed for the last two weeks. It's hard to find a feed that is a finisher in bagged feed. Some feed mills can custom mix a finisher.

    Tom
     
  3. NC chicken man

    NC chicken man Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use fertrell feed suppliment and their feed formular if you go to thei web site it will give you everything you need to make a batch of feed ,my chickens do very good on it.
     
  4. Lazy J Farms Feed & Hay

    Lazy J Farms Feed & Hay Chillin' With My Peeps

    We feed our broilers 1 lb of Homestead Turkey Starter then provide them Ad Libitum access to Homestead Fast Grow from Hubbard Feeds.

    Jim
     
  5. carress

    carress Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Where do you get the other ingredients?
    Do they come ground?
    Do you just mix them as-is and pour it in the feeder??
     
  6. Peruvian

    Peruvian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've used both Green Mountain Feeds organic broiler feed (20% protein) and Poulin Grain Quik Gro broiler feed (20% protein). The organic stuff smells much better (going in and coming out [​IMG]) but it's almost 70% more expensive.
     
  7. Daycare Mom

    Daycare Mom Chickens, Cuddly and Delicious

    Apr 9, 2008
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    I feed mine chick starter for the first 3 weeks and then switch them to a broiler/grower to finish them off. Can't wait until they are ready to butcher at 5 weeks they are stinky!! PU [​IMG]
     
  8. Dodgegal79

    Dodgegal79 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah I'm wondering how bad these guys will smell. LOL. I guess the stuff will be good for the garden. I am trying strawbale gardening next year so i figure this stuff will be good to get the bales heated up.
     
  9. jorgey

    jorgey Out Of The Brooder

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    I started mine off on chick starter and then switched them over to Nutrena Meetbird Feed. They did incredible on it and were all ready for butcher at 8 weeks!
     
  10. AussieSharon

    AussieSharon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2007
    Virginia
    I keep mine on chick starter for the first 4 weeks then switch to a mix of flock raiser and cracked corn.

    At 10 weeks they average 8 lbs dressed weight
     

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