Cardigan Feed Services Ltd. Has Everything You Need To Keep Your Flock Healthy
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Cardigan Feed Services Ltd. carries many items necessary for your Family Flock. Besides the
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Selecting the Right Bird
The many species of poultry come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes
For Egg Production
Maximal egg production is achieved using commercial White Leghorn-type hybrids. These birds are also the most efficient at converting feed to eggs. They weigh about three pounds at 20 weeks of age and about four pounds when mature. If well-managed, these birds will lay at a high rate.
For Meat Production
Meat-type chickens are not really specific breeds but rather hybrids or combinations of many breeds that result in very desirable growth and carcass traits. Chicks grow very rapidly, reaching four to six pounds by six to eight weeks of age, and do so with excellent feed conversion (the pounds of feed needed to attain one Dark Cornish Hen pound of gain is quite low). This allows them to get to market weight faster.
Dual Purpose Production
Many small flock owners prefer commercial production Reds (for instance, Rhode Island Reds) or sex-linked hybrids. These birds produce brown-shelled eggs and have meatier carcasses than Leghorns. They may produce fewer eggs than Leghorn-type hybrids and are less meaty than true meat-type birds, but they do well serving the dual purpose of providing meat and eggs for your family. In addition, many breeds with a variety of colors and patterns fall into this class, making for a colorful, eye-pleasing flock.
Waterfowl, Game Birds
It is more and more common to find people acquiring an eclectic collection of chicken, turkey, game bird (quail, pheasant, etc.) and waterfowl breeds (ducks and geese) and keeping them as one flock. While it can be done, it is not an optimal situation for the birds, as chickens, turkeys, game birds and waterfowl often have very different nutritional and environmental needs. They may also have distinct temperament differences that can cause problems if the birds do not have enough space to be comfortably separate. If you plan to keep waterfowl, game birds or turkeys as well as chickens, you should plan to be able to feed and house them separately for best results. Ducks are smaller than geese, require less room and are very fun to watch, but they are also more prone to predators. Duck breeds raised for meat include Muscovy, Pekin, and commercial Rouens, while Mallards, Khaki Campbell and Blue Swedish are becoming increasingly popular as duck pets.
Geese are good foragers. Given enough acreage, they will generally need less feed than ducks. In addition, they are seldom bothered by predators. In fact, Canada geese are popular for their “