Originally Posted by eweaber
Meat bird questions:
When can you take them off the heat lamp?
How much space to they need?
Do you need a roost or do they sleep on the ground?
Any tips to help my first attempt at meat birds?
My meaties were off heat by 2-3 weeks inside the garage as long as temps stayed above 50F. Off completely by 4 weeks regardless of temps. I have them in groups of 9-10 for warmth.
The more space you give them the less often it has to be cleaned & the more exercise they get, which helps strengthen their legs.
They do not need a roost, but if you choose to give them 1 make sure it is very low (4-6 inches off the ground) & extremely sturdy (you would have to stand on it to break it) & as wide as possible to help reduce pressure points on the feet that can lead to bumblefoot very quickly due to their weight.
Ferment feed for highest weight conversion, least mess & less smell from poop.
Originally Posted by dheltzel
After pulling the latest chicks from the incubator, I now have a total of 54 chicks hatched this week!
2 - Silkies
8 - Bredas
7 - New Hampshires
10 - Black/Blue Copper Marans
7 - Welsummers
20 - Mixed breeds
Is this too many? Am I out of control? Will I stop? (NO to the last one, if not the first 2)
We shall not speak of the contents of my 4 brooders nor my 4 bators