Any pictures of where you keep your CX birds?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by stone_family3, Apr 7, 2012.

  1. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2011
    I've been keeping my 12 in the coop with the layer birds and have found some problems. So I'm considering making a coop just for them, I'm curious to see what coops you all have for yours.

    My biggest problem is all the extra waste and they keep trying to eat my layer food and my layers keep trying to eat the meat bird food.
  2. jeepguy982001

    jeepguy982001 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 4, 2011
    athens, wv
    [​IMG][​IMG] Its just a dog kennel a friend gave me with a tarp on top and one corner "shelter from the wind" and a old plastic dog house i had laying around. It works great so far.
  3. SIMZ

    SIMZ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2011
    Northwest Indiana
    Mine are in a simple "pen" in a garage made out of plastic fencing and cinder blocks with poles for posts. When I open the pen they can go outside to their outside run. With another batch we simply divided the coop in half and kept the meat birds on one side and layers on the other.
  4. WishboneDawn

    WishboneDawn Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 19, 2011
    Nova Scotia, Canada
    I also kept my 25 in dog pen last summer. W put hardware cloth around the bottom to keep the chicks in (they went outside at around 3-4 weeks) ad predators out. Then we just tarped it. During the day they free ranged on our lawn and at night we closed them up in the pen. We also only fed them a few times a day (no feed in the pen at night) so they were forced to free range and get some exercise. In the end we had relatively active and very sweet Cornish X's that were 6-8 lbs when butchered at 10 weeks.
  5. wsmoak

    wsmoak Chillin' With My Peeps

    These are Freedom Rangers, not CX, but here's my tractor:


    It's about 5x9 feet inside and has lawnmower wheels on the back. Two people can move it easily with the 'handles' that stick out to the top right in the photo, or I can move it alone with the rope that's tied to both bottom front corners.

    Last edited: Apr 9, 2012
  6. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2011
    Very cool. Do you like the freedom rangers? I'm not totally in love with raising the Cornish Crosses and have been considering the freedom rangers.

  7. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010
    Don't have a pic right now but I have a 4'x8' pvc framed tractor I use for them and do like wsmoak does. Mine only needs one to carry it but if I had predators they'd need more protection than the pvc frame gives. I anchor it with landscape timber spikes and rubber bungee cords.

    I also have a wooden framed "thing" sort of like that with lawnmower wheels on boards so they can flip down and flip back up. I hate that thing but that's because of the way I did the top.

    Either way, I urge you to tractor them. If you do that and move them every day you won't have a mess.
  8. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2011
    I wish I had more room I only have .38 acre lot. I guess If I make one out of pvc I can just Let them out and then tip it over on it's side daily to move it. I'm only doing about 12 at a time, so that would be great to have a place to put them during the day and I can cage them in the coop at night.

  9. hydroswiftrob

    hydroswiftrob Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2011
    N. Texas
    My Coop
    I keep mine (14) in my re-purposed trampoline and I never move it. Once every two weeks, I rake it out and throw some new shavings in it and toss the poopy shavings in my compost pile. It works really well and the smell is next to nothing.

  10. Beekissed

    Beekissed Flock Master

    Why not just feed a general flock ration to all your birds? Use deep litter with pine shavings and give your birds some probios to correct their bowel issues and their poop turns to normal chicken smell, no messy poops.



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