1. Country Living Farm

    Country Living Farm Songster

    Apr 18, 2009
    Ok, this is my busy time of year hatching, selling, and growing out chicks. I have several pens that I use but I am looking for a better design for a grow out pen. I am trying to make something that is easy to use and easy to get the chicks out of when the swap time comes. Anyone have pictures of there masterpiece?

  2. lilchick

    lilchick Songster

    May 23, 2008
    Williamsport In.
    I just love my dog kennel pens for the chickens. My panels attached to barns are the 10 ft. by 6 ft. tall and can make a safe pen for them to hang out in. They look neat and clean and are easy to take down and or move around.
    The 6 by 8 by 4 ft. tall pen is nice to put birds in when they are ready to be viewed for sale. That is what I do when selling cause it shows them well and makes it a breeze to catch them...
  3. Olive Hill

    Olive Hill Crowing

    Apr 19, 2009
    You might get more relevant suggestions if you include how long you're growing them out for. [​IMG] There's a big difference in the accommodations needed for POL pullets than 3 week old chicks, for instance.
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    This is one of my grow out pens. I keep the silkies in the garage till about 4-5ish weeks in the garage (in the spring/summer). Then the birds get moved out into this or one of the other 2 pens like this. It is made with 1/4" hardware cloth. Once they get big enough they go into a coop like this https://www.backyardchickens.com/coops/playhouse-coop.html till they get large enough to go into the regular silkie pens. I also have another grow out pen. It was and old wooden dog house. We ran wire down the middle of the coop so it has 2 inside and 2 outside sections. Its a covered run and that works great also.
  5. Country Living Farm

    Country Living Farm Songster

    Apr 18, 2009
    Quote:You are correct. I basically hatch about 150-250 chicks per month. They go into the brooder area with lights and such untill they sell. Well if they do not, and I usually have some left over, they go into bigger pens. Welll when you are dealing iwth ages from 1 week to 3 months you can not put them all together. Also, when I have to get them out to go to a swap or something, it gets difficult to do. So, each pen could have anywhere from 10 to 100 birds in it depending on the age and breed. I try to only have hens so gowing them out is not a big deal to me.
  6. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    We built a rectangular shaped tractor for a grow out pen. The top of it is a hinged frame and it's short enough to step into. My husband thought it was unnecessary extra work to build it that way, but the first time he could step into it to get a chicken, instead of crawling in, he thought I was brilliant. [​IMG]

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