LuvMyBLR

Songster
9 Years
Mar 4, 2010
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I know this seems like a question that should be on the other forum section, but it's specific to meat birds so I thought I'd get better opinions here. If I want to do meat birds, what housing can I give them that's simple, meaning easy to build and clean? Since we would only be raising them for 8 weeks, I wouldn't need nest boxes or anything, so could I see pics of what you other meat raisers use?
 
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suburbanite

In the Brooder
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Apr 20, 2011
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here is what I built for my cornish.
it is 6 foot by 8 foot run, a 2 foot by 6 foot coop
all 2 foot high.

I built it with a hinged lid for the coop to ease in cleaning it, and a hinged top for the run for ease in cleaning, feeding, and retrieving birds
in this pic it isn't finnished, I still had to cut in a couple vents and put shingles on the roof as well as paint it, but you get the idea
my step son is in the pics to show the operations of it, he isn't all too enthused with chickens, lol





here is what would eventually live there



and when they first started living there (out of the garage)



they are huge now, a couple more weeks and on the dinner table they go
 

bigredfeather

Songster
11 Years
Oct 1, 2008
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Yorkshire, Ohio
If it is feasable, a tractor is the only way to go IMHO. Cheap, never needs cleaned, and gives the birds fresh ground everytime you move it. My rule of thumb is 1.5 sqft/bird. It doesn't have to look like this. As long as it offers some sort of protection from the weather and is easy to move, anything will work.

 

LuvMyBLR

Songster
9 Years
Mar 4, 2010
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New Boston, NH
Quote:Those are 7-8 weeks old.

That's what I thought. Nice big birds
That tractor looks great to me. Thanks for the pic!
 

bigredfeather

Songster
11 Years
Oct 1, 2008
2,194
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211
Yorkshire, Ohio
Quote:And, the end cometh soon?

That's what I was wondering too


The end cameth long ago and they wenteth in my stomach. They were delicious. That pic is from 2 years ago when I was still running them in my yard. Now no more places in the yard where we need to tell the kids to stay away from or risk slipping in poo.
 

Dogfish

Rube Goldberg incarnate
9 Years
Mar 17, 2010
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Western Washington
Same basic idea as the other tractors,


Light weight, movable requires minimal tools and skill to assemble.
 
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