How much room do they need?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by PotterWatch, Oct 2, 2008.

  1. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

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    Do meaties need as much coop space as layers? I have a temporary coop set up (about 4x6), that will soon be vacated and I was thinking of getting some meat birds to fill it up once before I dismantle it. So how many meat birds could I reasonably put in that space?
     
  2. SandraMort

    SandraMort Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 7, 2008
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    Hmm. Battery hens get what, .75 square feet per chicken? Surely you can do better than that! How about .5? So that's 48. [​IMG]
     
  3. mikarod

    mikarod Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 28, 2008
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    I would ignore Sandra's post if I were you...sarcasm really won't get anyone, anywhere...

    A normal bird should get 3 sq. feet of room to itself. THAT being said, broilers are not normal and do not move around much. You can get away with 2.5 sq. feet/bird.

    You have 24 sq. ft. total so 9.6 or 10 birds could theoretically go in there nicely.
     
  4. SandraMort

    SandraMort Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 7, 2008
    ny
    OH. As an aside, I told someone we both know that I had three hundred thousand chickens and SHE BELIEVED ME. This degenerated into a bizarre conversation that had to be seen to be believed. Let's just say that brooder photos were not appreciated.
     
  5. SandraMort

    SandraMort Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 7, 2008
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    Quote:She generally ignores me [​IMG] She knows me by now.

    To quote my husband, who always makes me laugh, "Sarcasm is lost on toddlers." Not that she's a toddler. It just made me think of it... it's late, sue me!
     
  6. HidingInTheHenHouse

    HidingInTheHenHouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree. No more than about 10 birds for a space that size, especially if there is no outside run for them to go into.
     
  7. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

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    Sandra! Are you calling me a toddler?! I am soooo offended! [​IMG]

    I want to know who you told you had 300,000, lol. By the way, shanah tovah!

    Well, 10 seems a reasonable number to me. If they have a run area, does it need to be one separate from my layers? I know meaties are far more stinky than layers and I don't want their run to forever reek of meat birds.
     
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  8. chickiebaby

    chickiebaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey, shanah tovah and chag sameach to ya both!
     
  9. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

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    Thanks! You too!
     
  10. SandraMort

    SandraMort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Both of you!
     

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