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Tips on Raising Meat
Be sure to always have ample feeder
space to allow all birds to eat at one time.
If you feed your own grains after 3 ˝ weeks, be sure to add one part 38%
- 40% concentrate to three parts grain to ensure proper protein and vitamin
- Always provide at least 1 gallon fount for water/50 baby chicks.
NOTE: Watch chicks closely until they all get a good drink so
they do not pile in the waterers.
- Do not use sawdust for litter·
- Do not leave unattended for at least 30 minutes.·
- Do not use warm water.·
- Clean waterers daily and fill with fresh water.
- When using shavings, as litter be sure to provide feed in cardboard
trays or 2 ˝ dozen egg flats, etc. to provide easy access to the feed.
Many feeder trays will prevent litter eating and lessen chances of losses.
- We recommend using a 20% medicated chick starter or a 23% broiler
starter. Keep the feed troughs full for the first three to four days.
- After 3 or 4 weeks you can switch to a 16% or 18% grower. You can now
begin leaving the feeders in for longer periods of time. Once you take the
brooding lamps away at night you no longer need to pull the feeders.
NOTE: If you do not use a prepared
grower but rather your own grains, be sure to mix approximately 1 part
38% - 40% concentrate to 3 parts your own grain.
- Birds require good ventilation without drafts in order to perform
properly. Always try to provide ventilation high up on the walls to prevent
any drafts on the birds at floor level.
NOTE: Be sure birds do not become
chilled at night or overheated. This will bring on a condition called
ascites and can cause severe mortality from four weeks of age on. (Please
refer to the ascites information sheet.)
NOTE: If you live in an area with a
high amount of sodium in the well water, try to provide water from another