Cornish Rock Broiler - Males
These are the ultimate meat type chickens. They are known by many names, but they all have one thing in common they grow very very fast.
Here at Duncan's Poultry we have processed broilers for almost 30 years, and when we started it was normal to get a 4-5 lb dressed broiler at 8 weeks of age.....not anymore!!!! Over the past few years we have noticed the 8 week old broilers are coming in at 7lbs and people wanting a"normal sized fryer" are now getting those processed at 6 weeks or less!!! That's about 40 days from hatch to your table. Now we know what you are thinking...it's all because of Duncans Monster Mash Broiler Feed, and that may be part of it, but alot of it has to do with the breeders in Arkansas, continueing to improve the genetics. We don't see nearly as many leg problems as we used to either!!
I can not stress enough how important it is to feed these birds the proper amount of protein. There have been broilers come into our processing facility, that were only fed corn and some grass, they were so malnurished, that they were impossible to process. The ideal protein level is 20-22%!
Keep feed in front of them 24/7 for the first 25 days, then turn lights out at night, that will give them a rest period of 8 or so hours and help with any health problems associated with eating all the time and growing super fast!