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Beth Kirkley
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« on: March 07, 2005, 08:10:51 PM »

Ya' all are probably going to get sick of me posting about my "amazing" chickens. Smiley But I'm just so shocked and thrilled with how fast these guys are growing.
Here's what they looked like at 1 week old:



And here's a picture of them today - 9 days later - at 2 weeks and 2 days old.



This picture gives you a comparision of how big the cornish X rock chick is to my hand. It's almost too big to hold with one hand!



They just blow me away!

Beth Smiley
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Horns Pure Honey
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« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2005, 08:54:22 PM »

It dosnt take them long beth, you remember me telling you that we had ares butchered by 6 weeks, bye Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2005, 11:54:04 PM »

Chicken Veal
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« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2005, 08:22:05 AM »

cheesy  cheesy  cheesy extra mini chicken wings.
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« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2005, 02:06:47 AM »

Fast growing little weeds, aren't they?  We butchered ours at seven weeks.  We were at our farm store the other day, and I couldn't resist but to bring something home:





 Cheesy  Cheesy  Cheesy  Cheesy

Beth, do you feed yours milk a week before butchering?
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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2005, 08:29:08 AM »

You know ducklings grow more than three times as fast as chickens right? The funny thing is though that they grow so fast but their wings stay so small for so long, bye Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2005, 09:00:44 AM »

Violacea-
Those baby are so cute! Little heartbreakers.

I've only raised the cornish rocks one other time (in the mountains of Colorado), about 8 years ago. They may have gotten milk, but if they did, it wasn't for butchering reasons. At that time I was buying fresh cows milk from a local farmer. I do know I gave the chickens (all of them) milk at times because we didn't drink it fast enough.

One thing THOSE cornish rocks did get was a lot of sage grass. I could taste some of that flavor in their meat. It made them seem almost like wild game.

And it's funny you mention this, because I was just thinking yesterday of giving them milk. I decided against it for now because I've been working to get their droppings a little less watery, using some karo surup in their water.

Would "milk replacer" be ok for them? What is the benefit of the milk? Does it tenderize the meat or something?

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« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2005, 02:47:19 PM »

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Would "milk replacer" be ok for them? What is the benefit of the milk? Does it tenderize the meat or something?

Beth


I think it does tenderize the meat, but it will also make them more flavorful.  I'm not sure about a milk replacer (guess it would work), I know sour milk is supposed to work good too (as well as yogurts and cottage cheese).  If you've got the time and money, feeding them sorts of cakes about 2 weeks before butchering really makes them flavorful, you can also give some of that to your egg layers, just not too much, don't want fat laying hens, adds good flavor to eggs.
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« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2005, 06:34:02 PM »

I took a look at the bag of milk replacer I have for the baby goats when they come. I probably shouldn't use it though. It's medicated, and it would be a bad idea putting medication in them right before butchering.

If I had milk available I would go that route. But considering they drink a gallon of water a day, and will drink even more as they grow, I don't think I could afford to buy that much milk. I know even if I offered milk, they'd still drink water, but I can see them still drinking loads of milk because it tastes good. Smiley But next year, when I have lots of goats milk, I had every intention of giving the chickens some milk. Probably as an evening/early morning snack. I thought about the fact that I should watch their weight. But they'll be free ranging, so that should help burn it off some. I think the goats milk would be a great source of calcium. Also, as I raise the meat birds each year, I planned on adding goats milk to their diet. I'll have PLENTY of milk.

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« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2005, 01:37:38 AM »

And very happy chickens.   Cheesy
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