do meat birds need direct sun??

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by chooniecat, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. chooniecat

    chooniecat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    have not bought meat birds yet-I am figuring out where to put them(don't want to do tractor for couple of reasons) and am considering making a small inside area in my layers shed where they would have 12' x4' outside run. but this would be on the shady side of shed. would them not having direct sunlight be an issue?[​IMG]
     
  2. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    No sunlight, or just a little? I think SOME sun is good for every living thing, but they'll be fine without direct sunlight.
     
  3. mtnhomechick

    mtnhomechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2008
    Mountain Home, AR
    Quote:As they grow.......the heat would be much worse. If they are getting out into fresh air that should work fine.
     
  4. chooniecat

    chooniecat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks-I have not investigated lots yet and will only have 8 or less birds to begin with and the place they will be will be predominently outside uncovered(except for chicken wire top) and I thought about it and will make an extension of a couple of feet so they can see morning sun. It seems you learn by screwing up so I will jump in soon with what I have and make changes as I learn. but in the meantime I will have some chickens to hopefully eat.
     
  5. mtnhomechick

    mtnhomechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2008
    Mountain Home, AR
    You'll need a tarp or some way to block rain and heavy wind. They will need some kind of shelter.
     
  6. chooniecat

    chooniecat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they will have a small section of the layers shed with an opening to their outside run. i have a shed thats got a "room" made for layers and they have windows and an opening to their 2 runs on the sunny side. I change my mind hourly on how to do the meat bird run. but like I said they will have a small strawed in area [​IMG] in the shed that will go to their multi-positional run. Need to learn to use my camera and then I could show someone my ugly pen.[​IMG]
     
  7. mtnhomechick

    mtnhomechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2008
    Mountain Home, AR
    As long as they have shelter they'll probably hang out by the food and water. They poop ALOT!!!
     

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