So, I'm researching and I'm not finding the information I'm after really. Rather than ask in the meat bird forum, I'm asking here, because, well, this group does a better job answering questions.
I'm looking at growing some meat birds next year. A friend is also interested and will split the cost and labor with me. I'm leaning toward Cornish x because I could do several batches a year and I like the fast turn around and feed conversion. This means butchering at 6-8 weeks or so.
I want to use a tractor, but how long will they even be in the tractor. They still aren't going to feather until four of five weeks right? They're going to be in a brooder for the first three weeks or so aren't they? So two or three weeks in the tractor and done? What am I missing? I'm not finding a resource that actually spells that timeline out very well. Are people dropping heat lamps in their tractors to get them out there sooner?
I do CX during the summer. I tractor them but I free range during the day once old enough. It slows the growth a little but also prevents flip. They are good sized hefty birds by 8 weeks.