brooders for meat birds.

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Dusty5, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. Dusty5

    Dusty5 New Egg

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    I am trying to find out how much brooder space I would need to raise 250 cornish x. Would several smaller brooders work better than say 2 larger ones?

    Dusty
     
  2. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    several smaller would be much better.
     
  3. anthonyjames

    anthonyjames Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Peruvian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For the first few weeks the chicks need to be in a temperature controlled area. The brooder should be around 95deg. for the first week and then drop down 5deg. per week until they feather out (CX take about 3 wks). 125 chicks in a 2x5 area seems very small. I raise 30 in a 2x8' brooder. By the third week, it's getting pretty tight in there.

    http://s230.photobucket.com/albums/ee266/grabra/?action=edit&current=Brooder2.jpg
     
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  5. eKo_birdies

    eKo_birdies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:that seems FAR too small if you plan on keeping them there for at least 2 weeks... they will be quite large by then in a space that small.

    ETA that is a nice little brooder you made yourself though! impressive work!!! i would just scale back your numbers or make a few more of them if you can.
     
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  6. anthonyjames

    anthonyjames Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just so you are aware I am not putting CX in there. I am raising Rangers.

    I have seen that an OHIO Brooder which is 4 x 4 will work for 200 - 300 birds from what I have read. What am I missing?

    Plus, if needed I can wrap the run area and then the brooder is 5 x 6
     
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  7. Dusty5

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    How many square feet of brooder space is needed for a 2 - 3 week old.

    Dusty
     

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