New member and needs a little help with meat chickens!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by cowgirl4Christ, Jan 1, 2015.

  1. cowgirl4Christ

    cowgirl4Christ Hatching

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    I am raising meat chickens for a 4-h sow in February. I have researched about how to raise them right but everything I find is for raising them in the summer when you don't need to provide a lot of heat. The only predators it talks about are like Hawks and very small ones. I however have coyotes. I have six chicks coming next week and have no coop ready for them after they come out of my Garage. My winter gets down to about 20 degrees.. Do I need to keep a heat lamp on them even when they are older? Would an enclosed horse stall be a bad place to keep them? How big a space do they need?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging 7 Years

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    Six won't need a ton of space. Can you start them in the horse stall with electric for a heat lamp?
    They grow fast and they won't need heat long. When is the 4-H event?
    If your meaties are Cornish Rock croos, 3.5 weeks is sufficient for Cornish game hen size. 6+ weeks, they're ready for processing as broilers.

    Can you make the stall predator proof?
     
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  3. Orpington Crazy

    Orpington Crazy In the Brooder

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    Welcome to BYC try the meat bird section
     
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  4. cowgirl4Christ

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    The stall is pretty secured to where nothing could get in... Not sure what you mean by electric... There is a light in there for them and when they come as chicks I was planning on keeping them in my garage for a week in a temporary box with a. Heat lamp. What did you mean by keeping them in there with electric? And the 4-h show is in mid February. I'm getting Cornish cross.
     
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  6. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing 8 Years

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    I think she means, can you use the electricity in the barn to run the heat lamp?

    BE VERY careful with use of extension cords - they can cause a lot of fires.

    What I think you will want to do, is keep them in the garage for 2 weeks, then take them to the barn for the daytime, and bring them back to the garage at night for a week, then leave them in the barn. Try lifting the heat lamp away from them a little each day, once they get a few feathers on them.

    This time of year, you want to work into temperature differences slowly, so as not to stress the birds.

    MRs K
     
  7. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging 7 Years

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    Yes Mrs. K. HE means electricity for a heat lamp.

    I put chicks right out in the unheated/uninsulated brooder house from the incubator.

    Just a heat emitter if a few chicks and it's not real cold out.
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    A hover if I have lots of chicks and it's very cold out.

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  8. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging 7 Years

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    Yes Mrs. K. HE means electricity for a heat lamp.

    I put chicks right out in the unheated/uninsulated brooder house from the incubator.

    Just a heat emitter if a few chicks and it's not real cold out.
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    A hover if I have lots of chicks andor it's very cold out.

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  9. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing 8 Years

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    I do humbly apologize, sometimes it is quite difficult to tell from the Name if someone is male or female.

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  10. cowgirl4Christ

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    I think she means, can you use the electricity in the barn to run the heat lamp?

    BE VERY careful with use of extension cords - they can cause a lot of fires.

    What I think you will want to do, is keep them in the garage for 2 weeks, then take them to the barn for the daytime, and bring them back to the garage at night for a week, then leave them in the barn. Try lifting the heat lamp away from them a little each day, once they get a few feathers on them.

    This time of year, you want to work into temperature differences slowly, so as not to stress the birds.

    MRs K
    I understand now thanks! Should I bring them from the garage to the stall morning and night until the heat lamp is raised to what the temperture is outside?
     

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