The more I read about meat chooks the more I am convinced that the breeders use something to get them going, although they take great time and effort to tell everyone that they do not use growth hormones at all ,my meat chicks and now 3 and a half week old lets say 25 days the first lot the meat bird lot take out of there shed is at I think around 38 days, then 42 and again at 48 days old, and the shed is empty then they clean it and start all over again. My lot are just 25 days old I have 13 days to go and I should be able to have one for dinner. I THINK NOT. I am banking on 18 weeks if I can get that I will be over the moon, there has to be something in there food to get them to grow that fast any thoughts anyone . Trev
they do not use hormones, they have been banned for about 50years in australia. however they do use very finely tuned genetics, which they keep as a closely guarded secret and use specially geared nutrition planned scientifically for maximum growth with minimum input. its a finely tuned science, which is very hard to replicate in everyday life. the environment they are kept in is also closely monitored for temperature and humidity so that maximum effort from the food consumed goes into growing into fat chickens.
your chickens will be having to contend with fluctuations in their surrounding environment, we have had extremes of weather over the past few weeks, so that they will be using energy to regulate their body temperatures rather than just growing into bodies to eat.
HI Jacquie I keep them in a large shed at about 38 degrees so they do not have use there food to keep warm I want the maximum I can get out of them the rest I agree with but they still do not taste as good they do put somthing in the ration I know a guy that was a manager for onr of the large boys and even he could not find out what it was he had to put in there and as long as the with holding time is up there free of all stuff Trev
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