This pic was a few days ago.
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Edited by JRNash - 4/11/16 at 6:32pm
- Chicken Wrangler
I pull the lights at 4 weeks.
35 is a tad cold but if they are given a an covered enclosure so they are out of the wind they will do fine. I move my regular chicks outside at 4 weeks and take the light away from them. CX generate more heat than the regular birds.
Cleaning is a never ending chore with them. Getting water outside helps. I free range though so that makes a difference.
Nice looking birds to all of you, nice tractors. I use one kind of like that. I have a door slot in it and slip in different doors so the CX's can get inside and the full grown birds are locked outside.
This is my first go with meaties, and actually only my second with chicks (I'm not good at chicken math; started with 6 layers 2 years ago, now I have 5). My husband and I have toyed for a year or so with the idea of raising meat birds, so when I saw TSC had their cx on clearance for .99, I couldn't pass it up! I voted for 10, but my husband said that was way too many and we should get 4. The minimum was 6 though, so we got 7. It turned out to be good that I didn't grab 10; I just reused my Rubbermaid brooder box from when I raised my layers, completely not anticipating how fast they actually grow!
Here are my little guys:
I'm planning to free range them and overnight them in a tractor pen. My fingers are crossed that they don't need the light soon so that I can work on putting them out! I did a test run today and turned off the lamp for an hour, and when I came back they were dogpiled.
Question, what square footage per bird in a tractor seems to work well when combined with free ranging?