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HOW MANY MEAT CHIX CAN I PUT IN A 6x16 PEN??

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by mtnhomechick, Jul 22, 2008.

  1. mtnhomechick

    mtnhomechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2008
    Mountain Home, AR
    Also what is the best breed of meat chicken?

    Thanks
     
  2. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    Missouri
    You're supposed to have 4 sq feet per chicken in the coop....10 in the run. It's okay to go a little under that number (I know I have, at least in the coop) but that's the general idea. Good luck!!!

    If 6x16 is the size of your coop, then you can fit about 30 chickens in there, cutting corners. If that's the size of your run, that's only about 10 chickens.

    Generally most people go for cornish X rock meat birds, because those are bred to grow very quickly and not eat too much food (HA!!!). They do grow pretty quick (that's what I have) and the suggestion is that for the first week or so to let them have food 24/7, then only let them eat from 7am to 7pm.
     
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2008
  3. morelcabin

    morelcabin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2007
    Ontario Canada
     
  4. mtnhomechick

    mtnhomechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2008
    Mountain Home, AR
    Here's what I was thinking.....although I am still not sure I could do the deed.

    Since they only live for a couple month....I could cover a 6x16 section of the run. I already have perches in it because right now I am raising my young ones in it. But soon they will be integrated with my full growns and I could use that space for meat chickens.

    Does that make sense? I was thinking I would need less space since they basically just eat.
     
  5. morelcabin

    morelcabin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    Read the link I sent you. You are right, they only live a couple of months and the space requirements can be considerabley less. They don't need all that run space. 3 sq foot per bird, period. Keep them clean dry and comfortable :>)

    My laying hens have 3 sq ft inside coop and 5sq ft out in the run...they are happy healthy clean and well cared for and I haven't lost a singel one to disease or have never had any pecking problems.
     
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2008
  6. HR Patterson

    HR Patterson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Feb 10, 2008
    Gravity, PA
    Can Cornish X perch? Must be low, like 3 inches since they can't fly too well after all that eating!
    [​IMG]
     
  7. mtnhomechick

    mtnhomechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2008
    Mountain Home, AR
    Quote:Hmmmm.... never considered that.
     
  8. mtnhomechick

    mtnhomechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2008
    Mountain Home, AR
    Also, if I did this it would only be in a warmer season. It can get cold down here in winter and all they would have is a roof over the enclosed pen. I'm just trying to get an idea here and think this out.

    Thanks
     
  9. hooligan

    hooligan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2007
    Arkansas
    Posting this in the Meat Birds section might get you more responses [​IMG]
     
  10. mtnhomechick

    mtnhomechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2008
    Mountain Home, AR
    OK........thanks
     

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