Description and characteristic of broilers of breed KOBB 700
The main goal of poultry farmers who decide to raise chickens is to profit from eggs or meat, so it’s important to study the breed market and their characteristics before starting these birds. So, one of the most popular hybrids is the KOBB 700 broiler.
Broiler COBB 700
These hens combine high productivity and egg production. But, despite its popularity, such a bird has disadvantages that all farmers who want to get a new livestock need to know.
The popularity of the breed and its external features
COBB broilers are popular all over the world. They gained their popularity due to high growth and productivity. More recently, the “500” hybrid was considered the most effective cross. The emergence of a new model of the line was adopted by farmers around the world as an improved broiler. And so it happened. Hybrid chickens are the descendants of the most productive breeds of chickens (New Hampshire, Rhode Isle, Plymouth Rock, etc.). Representatives of this breed immediately raised the productivity indicator several points higher than their predecessors.
Such broilers are not much different from other COBBs. They are also strong and massive, have white plumage and yellow color of the carcass. The description of 2 hybrid breeds still has some differences. Seven hundredths have a wider fleshy breast, and their hips are narrowed. They can be seen in the PHOTO. The predecessors differ in more modest anthropometric parameters.
According to farmers who breed seven hundred COBBs, keeping these birds is easy and profitable. The main thing is to sort the chickens correctly: to discard pigmented, weak and lagging birds. One individual with proper care and feeding at the age of 2 months can reach 1.8 kg. Such an indicator is the highest in modern farm production and they have no direct competitors. Chickens are an ideal way to get not only meat, but also eggs, while the cost of food is minimal.
The seven hundred cobbs have an ideal ratio of costs and profits, not only for production purposes, but also at home. This is one of the advantages of the hybrid, in addition to which poultry farmers also distinguish:
- high weight gain;
- good egg production;
- easy care;
- strong immunity to infectious and viral diseases;
- unpretentiousness in food.
Such advantages make cross one of the most popular for breeding. The less effort and money is spent on the maintenance of these birds, the better for their owner. In addition, the end result is tasty and healthy meat and eggs. Russia, like other countries, has long appreciated the quality of these products. Even when breeding at home, the chickens will surprise their master, showing rapid growth and productivity.
Cross 700 has almost no flaws.
One of the most significant is the resemblance to five hundred cobbs. It will not be difficult for an experienced farmer to determine where the seven hundredth hybrid is and where its predecessor is. But for all beginning poultry farmers, such a task may be too tough. Especially often people make mistakes when buying young animals. Broilers are almost identical to five hundred peers, and the first external noticeable difference appears only after 2-3 weeks from the birth of the chick, when he acquires a more powerful breast, and his skin on his head turns bright and red.
Such a characteristic of the breed as high egg production will not be achieved without the organization of proper and effective bird care.
Problems can begin on the first day after the acquisition of young animals. Changing the main habitat often causes stress in chickens, and this affects the state of their immunity. Broilers can get sick, which will lead to their partial death, so the farmer needs to put the chicks in the incubator. This procedure has its own characteristics, which include:
- long-term maintenance in an incubator up to 15 days;
- unhindered access to the feeder and drinking bowl;
- constant maintenance of temperature in the incubator 27-30 ° С;
- from the tenth day it is necessary to lower the temperature by 1 ° per day.
Chickens do not tolerate cold. The minimum temperature of their content is 16 ° C. In addition, for their growth and productivity it is important to provide the hybrid with increased humidity. Other care features are also important. So, COBB-700 does not require walking and must be kept in cages or small chicken coops. For 1 square. m can account for up to 10 birds. Many farmers select cells for such a hybrid breed based on the declared breeding characteristics (40 kg weight / sq. M).
Despite their strong immunity to viral and infectious diseases, birds require constant heat and lack of drafts. Cleanliness should always be maintained in the chicken coop, and their feeder and drinker should be filled with food and water. It is also important to equip the place of detention with ventilation. Vapors of manure are toxic and can cause disease and death of birds.
High growth characteristics are closely related to feeding parameters. The task of the poultry farmer is to provide the cobbs with a balanced diet. The unpretentiousness in the food of these birds is an advantage of their content. But in order for broilers of this breed to quickly gain weight, it is necessary to give them industrial feed. Combined feed nutrition has its own characteristics, which include:
- The need to feed chickens in the first 2 weeks of their life with starter feed. The best option is eight meals a day.
- From 15 to 24 days, hens should be fed growth compound feed 5 times a day.
- After 24 days, finishing feed is used.
Raising healthy and massive chickens without acquiring industrial nutritious feeds is very difficult. Only experienced poultry farmers decide on such measures, preparing their own mixers. It is necessary to calculate the mass of each component according to energy value. Such feeding includes grain, greens, dairy products, premixes, chalk, etc. With proper feeding, after 2 weeks, the chicken should weigh 1.5 kg. Slaughter is carried out at the age of 1.5 months, when their mass reaches 2.4-2.8 kg.
We must not forget that crosses require constant access to the drinker. Beginner farmers need to know that a bird cannot live without water for more than 12 hours. The most safe break is 6 hours. The drinker should be kept clean and constantly filled with fresh water. If this is not done, the birds may become ill, which will also affect the decrease in productivity and lead to the death of part of the livestock.
What you need to take care of
For beginner farmers, breeding seven hundred cobbs can seem like a daunting task. To always act correctly, it is necessary to effectively use the experience of other poultry farmers who have obtained good growth and productivity indicators of their livestock. Some of these reviews concern nutrition.
Some farmers recommend mixing feed with greens, which is an additional source of nutrients. Other poultry farmers prefer not to shy away from the recommended norms and pay more attention and time to the cleanliness of the cells. All agree on only one thing: if you want to buy seven hundred cobbs, you must first install an incubator that will help not only grow healthy chickens, but also maintain the number of goals kept.