How much room would 25 meat birds need?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by daniel-delarosa, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. daniel-delarosa

    daniel-delarosa Songster

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    Im wanting to order some meat birds, Im thinking of getting 25. I havent built anything to keep them in yet. I just dropped 500 in my first coop for my first chickens. I dont want to do that again. I want to keep it simple this time. Maybe like one those tractors that you can move around. Is there a common area per bird to go by with meaties? Anyone have any pictures of their setup?
     
  2. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

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    Normal chickens it's 4 square feet per bird. So for 25 meaties..you could go 10by 10 area, or you could cut it down a bit. Considering the age of slaughter I don't think it will make a huge difference in their health in that short of time. BUT, that's just MY opinion [​IMG]

    If they were mine I'd likely go for 2 and a half to 3 square feet. Meaties generally are lazy and stay by the feeders anyway from all I have heard.
     
  3. bigredfeather

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    I provide 1.5 sqft/bird in my tractors.
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    A smaller one:
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  4. daniel-delarosa

    daniel-delarosa Songster

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    Quote:I like that design! Thanks for the pictures. How many birds fit in it?
     
  5. bigredfeather

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    Quote:I like that design! Thanks for the pictures. How many birds fit in it?

    Around 80 in the big ones and 35-40 in the smaller one.
     
  6. countrychix

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    I would go with 100 sq. ft. myself unless you plan on moving the tractor several times a day. That's what we used and after 24 hours the grass was a absolute mess. I also wanted mine to have some room to move around as they grew older, plus I personally don't like the idea of my birds laying in their own waste- yuck!
     
  7. JerseyHen

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    Quote:How do you keep the predators out or do you roost them somewhere else? Around here that would be chicken dinner for a bear, coyote, racoon, possum, skunk, mink, etc....
     
  8. belgie

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    we built an 8x12 coop to house the 6 layers we just got and were planning on putting a wall up to make room for the 25 meaties we have coming in a few weeks, but after perusing this site I think we may build a tractor. What are the dimensions of the small one?
     
  9. belgie

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    oh sorry I also wanted to ask how often you move it, and (sorry if this is silly, new-be here) do the chickens just shuffle along while your moving it, or do they have to come out and be put back in?
     
  10. itsy

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    Quote:How do you keep the predators out or do you roost them somewhere else? Around here that would be chicken dinner for a bear, coyote, racoon, possum, skunk, mink, etc....

    Thanks for those photos brf!!! [​IMG] I plan on making a tractor like your smaller ones for my new meaties.

    JerseyHen... we have MINK in NJ?? Great! Just another predator to worry about!
     

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