How To Raise Chickens For Meat  

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created by The Marketing Guy 2009-09-05 11:26:10 pm

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Get some organic wheat, and soak the daily serving in fresh water, rainwater if possible. Soak for 12-24 hrs, as if you were sprouting them. Rinse and feed to the chickens. Sprouted wheat has 6x the vitamin & enzyme value of dry grain. Makes tastier meat.

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submitted by KiwiSteve 2009-09-12 12:35:07 am    

 



Large capacity feeders are essential to minimize your work and keep your chickens well fed. Look for feeders with a wide tray. This encourages the birds to eat more. A narrow tray will restrict feed intake and cause a lower yield of meat.

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submitted by The Marketing Guy 2009-09-08 05:53:46 pm    


Make sure you give your chickens plenty of natural daylight. Your birds will grow much better in an open, airy environment where they can see the sunlight. Chickens grown for meat will produce a smaller yield when raised in shady, close conditions.

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submitted by The Marketing Guy 2009-09-08 07:35:36 pm    


Give your chickens plenty of fresh water. You may be surprised just how much your birds will drink in the second month. I use two 8 gallon vacuum waterers for 30-50 birds and clean daily. Easy access to clean water means better appetite and more meat.

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submitted by The Marketing Guy 2009-09-08 08:32:01 pm    


Heavier birds grow extremely quickly and can suffer various problems, such as heat exhaustion, breast blisters and broken legs. Sometimes you can net more meat by raising smaller birds which are less vulnerable to health problems and mortality.

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submitted by The Marketing Guy 2009-09-05 11:26:10 pm    


Choose the sex of the birds according to your preference for meat. Females grow smaller, but with proportionally more breast meat. Males grow a lot bigger, but with a greater proportion of bones and more leg meat.

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submitted by The Marketing Guy 2009-09-05 11:28:05 pm    

 



Add a vitamin supplement to the drinking water, especially in the early weeks. It's specially formulated for poultry, all natural, no antibiotics or hormones. This reduces losses and helps you raise healthier chickens, which of course produce more meat.

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submitted by The Marketing Guy 2009-09-10 11:59:46 pm    


Be aware that a pen full of fast growing chickens is a magnet for many predators, from rats and raccoons to foxes and coyotes. It is essential to build very tight fences, and a good idea to make sure the birds cannot settle against the fence at night.

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submitted by The Marketing Guy 2009-09-06 11:45:03 pm    


Grass clipping make great bedding in your bird pen. The birds enjoy eating the grass, and it helps the flavor of the meat. Put down plenty and often as it gets matted quickly. When the birds are gone it makes fabulous compost.

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submitted by The Marketing Guy 2009-09-05 11:32:08 pm    


It takes about 8 weeks to grow chicks out to optimum weight. After that they don't grow much more but continue to eat a lot. Book your slaughter date early so you can process at the right time and avoid wasting money on feed that won't convert to meat.

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submitted by The Marketing Guy 2009-09-06 11:38:10 pm    


Don't be tempted to raise "dual purpose" breeds for meat (ones that also lay eggs) if your goal is the greatest yield of chicken for your money. "Meat birds" have been selectivley bred to produce far more meat in a very short amount of time.

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submitted by The Marketing Guy 2009-09-06 11:42:27 pm    

 


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