Coop and run requirements for meaties.

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by shortstaque, Oct 28, 2010.

  1. shortstaque

    shortstaque Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My sister just asked me for advice about building her coop and run for meaties. I know for my hens the general space requirements are 4' sq inside with 9" roost space, and 10' sq outside per bird for a permanent structure. Those numbers seem awfully high for meat birds and I wondered if there are different recommendations for the meaties. Also, do you have roosts available to your meat birds? Why/Why not?

    She has 100+ dual purpose "Cackle frypan special" cockerels. Just listening to her descriptions of the birds I think the breeds they sent will take quite a while to reach slaughter weight. Sounds like Barred Rocks, Easter Eggers (she has quite a few with green legs), New Hampshire or Rhode Island Reds, Buff Orpingtons and the like from her descriptions. At about what age would they reach fryer size? roaster size?

    Thanks!

    ETA I guess I'll repost this on the coops topic as well and see if I get an answer there. Just thought I might have more luck here, since its specific to meat birds.
     
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