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Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by CHIC, Sep 22, 2009.
Getting 25, maybe 50 meat birds and need to know how much space I need for them. Any advise?
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.
OMG lol... so do they need a run? and how big? certainly not as big as for your layers right?
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.
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?
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.
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
What is on the inside? Just roosts? How high off the ground are they?
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.
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.