Meet bird living quarters???

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Jolyn, Jun 2, 2008.

  1. Jolyn

    Jolyn Songster

    Apr 5, 2008
    Northern California
    When you first get your chicks do they need to be kept inside? How long before they get moved outside?
    Do they need a coop or will a chicken tractor do the trick? Is there a place to get pictures and ideas of the tractors?

    Any info would be good.

    I am thinking of maybe raising some meet birds but getting them in September. Where is the best place to order them from? I'm in California.

    Also if you want to raise a Turkey for long does that take to get one ready?

    Thanks so much,
  2. willheveland

    willheveland Songster

    Jan 29, 2008
    southern tier,NY
    2.i go about 4 weeks ,but until they feather out.
    3.tractor will long as it protects them for weather and critters.
    4.check out "my page"
    5.check out hatcheries close to you,many advertise on this site.
    6.sorry,never raised turkey. i like chicken better.
    good luck-everything you need to know is right here on this site,just look around Will
  3. Jolyn

    Jolyn Songster

    Apr 5, 2008
    Northern California
    Thank you willheveland!

    Thanks for directing me to your site. Those are perfect coops. I love that they can be moved around.
  4. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    Quote:Depends on the weather, especially the night time low temperature. If it's staying above 40 degrees at night, and you provide a lamp, then you can get them out at 3 weeks.

    Quote:Tractor is the only way to go with meat birds. And yes, people are always posting pictures of their tractors in here. Use the search feature or just browse the first couple paegs (also there is a coop forum on here)

    Quote:Nowhere is best as all the big hatcheries buy their broiler eggs from the same industrial breeders. So, find a hatchery closest to you and that usually means the healthiest chicks.

    I suggest raising Cornish Crosses for your first time, so you can see the upside to them, and then the downside to commercial broiler genetics. Then we can talk for future batches about alternatives to them. [​IMG]

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