Pastured Cornish Cross Via Mobile Hen House Query

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by TDM, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. TDM

    TDM Chillin' With My Peeps

    I added about ten four week old Cornish Cross to one of our mobile hen houses today. The idea is that they may free range like a regular hen. Anybody have experience with this method?

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  2. itsy

    itsy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Many people use Salatin style tractors. I'm wondering if the birds will have trouble going up and down the ladder as they get bigger and will just decide to stay put?

    Beautiful pasture!
     
  3. TDM

    TDM Chillin' With My Peeps

    Not familiar with a Salatin style tractor myself. I don't know if the meat birds will negotiate the eight foot long ramp.
     
  4. itsy

    itsy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could see a pic of BigRed's Salatin inspired tractor here:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=436974

    And I made my own smaller version here:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=529752 (it's in the 9th post in that thread)

    If you do a search on BYC and type in Salatin, you'll likely see many photos... or on Google.

    Either way, I love your setup. I'd like to know what opinions others have on whether or not the meaties would make the ramp. I've heard stories of them having to be carried in and out.
     
  5. TDM

    TDM Chillin' With My Peeps

    I see it is nothing more than a chicken tractor. I didn't realize that somebody named it after himself.
     
  6. TDM

    TDM Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well, it seems one brave bird negotiated the ramp and made it's way onto the pasture. It joined the other birds in hanging around underneath the frame. I'm trying to get away from using ground level structures that I have to move around the field with the tractor.
     
  7. TDM

    TDM Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well, they seem to have adapted to the situation.

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  8. Bluff Country Chicken

    Bluff Country Chicken Out Of The Brooder

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    Interesting -they're looking good. Please keep us posted. I'm very curious to see if they give up on the ramp. They may stage a "sit in"....or "sit out," I suppose.
     
  9. itsy

    itsy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Ditto that!
     
  10. TDM

    TDM Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:They don't bother negotiating the ramp, instead they just hang around under the wagon and ramp for rest and shade. I was pleased to see these birds chase down bugs that are quite a ways away from the mobile hen house.

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