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perlogalism

You lucky, lucky B'stards....

A chap I know manages some local chicken farms and he asked me last week if I wanted 20 or so day old chicks.... It seems they have an open day every year and arrange for some chicks to hatch while the visitors are there. Unfortunately when the visitors have gone, the chicks are quietly "disposed of", unless they can find a home for them..

Anyway, we had a broody who looked a bit surprised when her 8 eggs suddenly turned into 20 chicks but is otherwise doing a sterling job  

These are meat birds but at least they'll have a longer and better life here than they otherwise would have.
Dave C

   

Nice deal mate, what type of meat birds are they ?
bodger

Breeding counts but not as much as what they are fed and how they live. Nice one
Dave C

All I'm thinking is dependent on what type they are will depend on what they are fed and how they will live.

I.e. The fast growing Ross Cobb types may need restrictions on food or they will go off there legs at 6 weeks !!
12Bore

Result!
horace

 
bodger

Dave C wrote:
All I'm thinking is dependent on what type they are will depend on what they are fed and how they will live.

I.e. The fast growing Ross Cobb types may need restrictions on food or they will go off there legs at 6 weeks !!


Yes. In the past I've had Cobbs go off their feet and I've also had commercial turkeys drop down dead on me.
Toddy

Why do they do that though ?

Cute chicks, totally bemused and slightly suspicious looking broody :  
Good result though

M
bodger

Toddy they've been bred with only one thing in mind and that's to convert feed into meat.
The people who breed them, keep two separate breeds that they cross to produce the end result.
Dave C

They grow at such a rate that there skeletons, muscles and even feathers can't keep up, by 6 weeks when there processed they look like frankenstein chickens.

You can greatly improve there life by reducing feed to slow the growth rate and give them as much room as possible.
They are also very lazy ( they are starting to sound like my oldest teenager)    so it's worth moving the feed around to encourage them to move about.

It could be that there a free range type of slower growing broiler like what I have, in which case you might not get the above problems.

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