How big does a broiler pen have to be?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by JoJo 95, Aug 21, 2010.

  1. JoJo 95

    JoJo 95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm about to build a broiler pen. How high shoud the roof in the run be. Would 2 feet be high enough? It's just for Cornish X and as a brooder
     
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  2. JoJo 95

    JoJo 95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. stanglover2001

    stanglover2001 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I think 2 foot is plenty! I did 18 inches and they can't fly out of it since they're sooo fat!
     
  4. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    2' is more than enough.
     
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  5. terri9630

    terri9630 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I built mine at 4ft so I can get in there after any injured birds and to clean if I have to. 2 ft is high enough for them just make sure the pen isn't so big that you cant get to all the corners to catch birds.
     
  6. quercus21

    quercus21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The height of our tractor is about 4' 6" tall. When they are released into the fenced in area, the electric pullet fence is approximately 3' tall. I would say, 18 - 20" would be the minimal height.
     
  7. crperdue

    crperdue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say 3' would be a good idea. You can certainly do fine with a tractor
    that is 2' high, I had two that height myself. But when I rebuilt for this year
    I went with 3' high.

    It doesn't matter for the chickens, but if you ever want to raise a few turkeys
    then you would be stuck building something else for them. If you have a 3'
    high pen you could run batches of chickens in the spring and a batch of turkeys
    at the end of the season for thanksgiving.

    I also found that 3' gave me more room to hang an automatic bell-type waterer.
    The waterers I have just about drag the ground in a 2' pen.

    I will be using 3' high tractors from now on.

    Just my 2 cents....
     
  8. rcking

    rcking Out Of The Brooder

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    2 foot is adequate, but i had a few meaties that would actually jump up on the edge when i would open to feed. a taller pen will make it easier to hang waterers, but a taller pen means more weight to drag around.
     
  9. JoJo 95

    JoJo 95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok I plan on building a 10 by 7 tractor with a 3 foot section closed off at the back. the run will then be 7 x 7 and the coop 3x10. how many cornish x will this hold?
     
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    JoJo 95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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