Cornish Rock Broilers
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 who want a "normal sized fryer" are now getting those processed at 6 weeks or less! If you do the math, that's about 40 days from the chick hatching to a nice meal at your table. Now we know what you are thinking...it's all because of Duncan's Monster Mash Broiler Feed, and that may be part of it, but a lot of it has to do with the breeders in Arkansas, continuing to improve the genetics.
How to Care for Cornish Rock Broilers
We want you to be successful when you raise your broilers so we want to stress how important it is to feed these birds the proper amount of protein. In the past we have seen broilers ready to be processed who have only been fed corn and some grass, they were so malnourished, that they were impossible to process. The ideal protein level is 20-22%!
When feeding broilers, keep feed in front of them 24/7 for the first 25 days. On the 26th day turn the lights off at night. Doing this will give the broilers a rest period of 8 or so hours and help with any health problems associated with eating all the time and growing super-fast!