Tips On Producing Chickens

To produce good quality chicken meat, takes a few tips.

You can change feed to meat more quickly and more efficiently on a broiler chicken than anything else you could raise. It takes from six to eight weeks and usually doesn't take but a few pounds of feed. If you were trying to raise a hog or a cow or most anything else it would require more expense: naturally it would be larger in size but for the most part a broiler chicken is not expensive to raise.

You need to plan ahead before raising fresh poultry meat. If you are just raising them for your family you won't save much over buying them but you will know the quality of food that they receive and this is very important for your family. Naturally the big scale commercial growers are making a profit or else they would not be in the business of raising broiler chickens and they are buying feed in volume at lower prices also. If you do decide to raise them for sale you'll need to follow strict governmental regulations.

I usually will eat a broiler that is a Cornish game hen in about six weeks but regular broilers will take up to nine weeks to mature. If you wish to have larger birds and more tasty and plumper roasting birds you can feed until fourteen weeks of age.



If you have a flock of perhaps 25 chickens be aware they will all be ready at approximately the same time for slaughter and you'll need to be prepared to be able to handle this many and to be prepared to freeze them in freezer packages to eat along as the family requires. This is going to be a lot of work at one time. You might want to raise chicks at different ages to stagger this slaughtering and freezing, it is definitely something to think about before raising broilers.

Broilers are going to need a good ration feed and you can get a ready mixed feed at your local feed store that will be recommended for growing lots of meat on these broilers. I do not bother trying to mix my own feed for say twenty five broilers, it is not any cheaper and get to be quite a bother to mix it thoroughly when I can buy it already mixed. I do not feed grain. I always follow the manufacturer directions on the feed also, I do not vary. These people are skilled in feeding broilers.

During the first six weeks broilers need a feed that consists of twenty to twenty-four percent protein. At six weeks I place the broilers on a finishing mash that gives them an increased energy level and also reduces the protein level. Usually pellets are given to broilers from six weeks until it is time to slaughter.

I also raise capons and roasters and I feed as I do for broilers during the first six weeks then I change to finishing mash, and supply cracked corn to the roasters and capons in the late afternoons. I then increase gradually the grain until they are getting an equal amount of corn, mash and pellets at twelve weeks of age. To have a good plump, good tasting broilers you will need a balanced feed that includes both grain and protein.

Be sure that you have enough floor space for each bird to at least one square food from age six to ten weeks. After ten weeks they will need at least two to three square feet per bird. Now you may be growing them in a yard or open range and this will not apply as to raising them indoors.

As you butcher the birds naturally you will gain more floor space.

Be sure to keep the area around the birds' litter free as much as possible: remove wet spots and change litter as necessary as this prevents disease and also parasites. By keeping the birds with plenty of fresh water, the area as clean as possible and feeding good quality feed you will have quality and plump broilers.

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