Why arent they big enough yet

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Appylover, May 28, 2012.

  1. Appylover

    Appylover Chirping

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    I bought 3 Cx's in march. Everything I have read said they should have been long past butchering already. But my two remaining birds are not ready. They are still up and running around like chickens do. I admit I am new to chickens and may not be feeding them enough. I lost one to God only knows what (he fell on his back and flopped around then died)and the other two are just fine healthy acting but not nearly big enough or should I say fat enough to eat. I am pretty sure they are Cx's because of their feathering or should I say lack of feathering. What am I doing wrong?
     
  2. hydroswiftrob

    hydroswiftrob Chirping

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    A picture would help.

    I bought some at the very end of March and they are butchering out at 6.0 - 6.5 lbs a piece.
     
  3. Appylover

    Appylover Chirping

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    They are both about this size. I think this one is the biggest one.



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  4. Buster52

    Buster52 Songster

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    Where did you order them from?
     
  5. Appylover

    Appylover Chirping

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    Sorry I should have said. We got them from TSC. Also the RIR in the pic is about the same age.
     
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  6. dace316

    dace316 In the Brooder

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    I don't think that's a cornish cross...my meaties grew so much faster than the other chicks I got at the same time. I could tell a growth difference within the first 2 weeks--and they were together eating the same food at that time.
     
  7. dace316

    dace316 In the Brooder

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    This is my red sex link vs my cornish cross at 3 weeks.

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  8. wsmoak

    wsmoak Songster

    Well... what (and how much) are you feeding them?

    -Wendy
     
  9. Appylover

    Appylover Chirping

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    I have been free feeding them scratch and scraps although I have read and really think maybe the scratch is the wrong thing to be feeding them..
     
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  10. DanIndiana

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    Yeah. Pretty sure that can't be a cornish x. They are usually FREAKISHLY bigger than any other chicken the same age.
     

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