Broiler space requirements?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by johndeerematt, Mar 31, 2014.

  1. johndeerematt

    johndeerematt In the Brooder

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    I'm in the process of building chicken tractors for my pastured broilers. What I can't seem to decide is how much space broilers need per bird. I'm going to raise about 60 birds and am planning on making at least 2 tractors. Info Please and thank you (in advance)!
     
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  2. johndeerematt

    johndeerematt In the Brooder

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    Anybody???
     
  3. Coralietg

    Coralietg Songster

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    I've found it hard to find set information online about how much space they need. There is a lot of information on layers, not so much on broilers.

    We are making a tractor for 25 broilers, and it is 6'x14'. That gives just over 3 sq/ft per broiler. They have about 1 sq/ft per bird in their sleeping area, and 2 sq/ft per bird in the run area.

    Salatin style chicken tractors are 10'x12', and I want to say they house 50 birds. He supposedly provides "1.3 to 2.4 sq/ft per broiler". They definitely don't need as much space as layers, but enough space that they aren't crammed in and crowded.
     
  4. johndeerematt

    johndeerematt In the Brooder

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    Great! Just the info I was looking for!
     
  5. katbriar

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    Consider giving them as much space as you would a laying breed. They forage, they roost, and they are cleaner happier birds that move away from the feeder and don't sit in their own poop if you don't stuff them in a tractor.
     

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