How big does a meat bird coop need to be? Do they need a run?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by CHIC, Sep 22, 2009.

  1. CHIC

    CHIC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2009
    Getting 25, maybe 50 meat birds and need to know how much space I need for them. Any advise?
  2. maplesky7

    maplesky7 Flock Mistress

    Jun 14, 2008
    N. IL.
    what is it? a square foot for little babies and then like 2-3 feet when they are big?

    well, I have an 8x10 (and I do 30 at a time for 6-8 weeks) and by the time they get big I just open the door and let them come out and all they do is plop under the cherry tree. I have my 8 yr. old and 3 yr. old pick up and move the ones that don't come out just to give them fresh air. Then we have to carry some back in at night...the fat lazy ones.
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2009
  3. CHIC

    CHIC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2009
    OMG lol... so do they need a run? and how big? certainly not as big as for your layers right?
  4. cassie

    cassie Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 19, 2009
    I raise my meaties 25 at a time in a 12 x 12 box stall bedded with shavings. I don't let them outside because I do not have a run. That is really more space than they need so next go round I will try 50. If they get too crowded I do have some place I can move some.
  5. CHIC

    CHIC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2009
    I know these will be different from my layers, but I still wanna be fair and give them a good life. Do you think it is mean not to have a run? Or will they even use it by choice?
  6. Winsor Woods

    Winsor Woods Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2009
    Cascade Range in WA
    I raise 25 meaties at a time in my 12'x5' chicken tractor. I could probably double that, and do 50 meaties if I added another feeder and waterer. I'd recommend considering the chicken tractor type of arrangment. you just have to move it a couple times a day and this keeps your grass fertilized and mowed and you don't have to clean out any coops/runs. Of course we don't really have much grass, as you can see, but we hope to someday! The previous owners left us with lots of compacted dirt. LOL.

    Here's a pic of my tractor.


  7. CHIC

    CHIC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2009
    Ok, well that looks small easy and doable. We have what was supposed to be a tractor but there is so much wood on it that it is impossible to move! Its soooo heavy. It's a really nice set up, just not as functional as expected- as far as moving it goes
  8. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop

    What is on the inside? Just roosts? How high off the ground are they?
  9. crzychicken

    crzychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 24, 2008
    make sure they don't get cocci from the ground I let mine out at 4 weeks and I've been losing them almost every other day since from cocci. big mistake. I think a tractor would be best that way you can move it around.
  10. honeydoll

    honeydoll Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2009
    Stark County, NE Ohio
    Quote:Where is the door on this to get into it? How do you get the chickens out/ clean the inside? I love this idea! Looks simple and very handy. My hubby said he'd biuld this for me, no prob, just wants to know where you have a door on it.
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2009

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