Raising meat birds is one way to be assured of the quality of chicken you are feeding your family. Our family raises 150 meat birds each year, and we will can and freeze the meat to eat throughout the rest of the year. Our personal favorite meat bird variety is the Cornish Cross. This is simply because that is what is available to us locally. You can also order White Mountains or Red Rangers online. Raising them all is the same process, however.
Having constant access to clean water is a key to bird health. Feeders must also be large enough to supply the flock’s needs for at least a full day. They will need to consume feed in order to gain weight. You will want to plan for about 10 lbs of feed per bird from chick to market weight.
You can get them to consume more feed just by going out there 3-4 times a day, and adding as little as ½ cup of feed to the feeder, and they will think they need to eat again since you are adding more food. Keeping a low wattage light on the feeder will also draw them to eat more constantly. Continue here….