When you're doing Cornish Hens, do they ever make it out of the brooder?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by DanIndiana, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. DanIndiana

    DanIndiana Songster

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    It seems like it's 3-4 weeks for them to reach the recommended 2 1/2 lbs live weight. Would you just keep them in the brooder until it's time to process?
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  2. mstricer

    mstricer Crowing

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    Yes, they stink. I put mine outside at 3 weeks. They get big fast after the fourth week. When I take them to 8 weeks, the boys usually weigh close to 8lbs after processing. The next batch do I'm only growing them to 5 1/2 weeks, so they are not so big.
     
  3. DanIndiana

    DanIndiana Songster

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    But what if your processing at 2 1/2 lbs live weight for tiny Cornish Hen Size? Do you bother to move them out of the brooder, or just keep them inside the whole time?
     
  4. madamwlf

    madamwlf Nevermore Acres

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    I usually put mine outside at 2 weeks if the weather is good. I can't keep a large amount of Cornish game hens in the house. This time around we plan to have them processed at 5 weeks so they will have a bit more meat on them.
     

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