Why are my meaties not growing?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by lnm03, Jul 1, 2010.

  1. lnm03

    lnm03 Songster

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    so I ordered 50 jumbo cornish cross from cackle and the 12th is their 8 week mark and they are no where near what they need to be!!!!!! I was feeding 12 on and 12 off but theyre not growing so do I leave food in 24/7? They are on Meat Bird Crumbles, non medicated, 21% protein. Last year was my first year for meaties and they were twice this size at this time.......any suggestions???
     

  2. patimekiller

    patimekiller In the Brooder

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    How big are they? Are they all hens or strait run or all males?
     
  3. lnm03

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    straight run and I would say 2 to 2.5 lbs not sure exactly but I am at work I can see if I can get my DH to take a few pics later.
     
  4. patimekiller

    patimekiller In the Brooder

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    Wow. Are you sure they are cor crosses ? I would be tempted to call the hatchery and let them know what and how much you have been feeding them. But first how much feed total have you fed them. ?
     
  5. lnm03

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    We have went through 6 50lb bags. They always have feed in thier feeders theyre never empty when we take them out at night and we fill them in the morning. They have two large goat troughs they eat out of and there is plenty of room for all of them to get to the feed. They have feed from 7a to 7:30 or 8pm. So thats 12.5 to 13 hrs.
     
  6. halo

    halo Got The Blues

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    Did you get them from the same place last year?
     
  7. Wolfwoman

    Wolfwoman Songster

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    Post pics. They should be no less than FOUR lbs and probably more at 8 weeks. Mine were around 4.5-6lbs at that age.
     

  8. Wolfwoman

    Wolfwoman Songster

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    Wait a sec, the 12th is 8 weeks, so right now they are only SIX weeks... you will be amazed at how much they grow in the next two weeks. Keep up with the 12 on and 12 off or they can develop troubles.
     
  9. lnm03

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    Quote:No I got them from Tractor Supply

    This year I got them from Cackle Hatchery
     
  10. lnm03

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    Quote:So, your saying I shouldnt worry about it?
     

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