Raising a variety of meat breeds

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by OrganicFarmWife, Mar 2, 2016.

  1. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So i have decided to raise freerange meat chickens this summer. The goal is to have enough birds to give us a chicken a week for the year. I have raised cornish cross last year and while i agree they are delicious, i want to try some other breeds to see if i like their personality better. I will also try to keep a few females back for breeding and fertile eggs for next year.
    I think i will probably get 75 birds, in 25 increments (Hoovers has a 25 bird minimum) I have so far ordered 13 red ranger and 12 rainbow dixie birds to be delivered the 15th. I already have a good brooding room set up in my barn but i still need to build a tractor and rebuild my broiler pen.
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    We have a old lowboy on the farm that is no longer in use that i was told i could have for the tractor.
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    We also have some old hog farrowing crates, lots of old tin for roofing and plenty of old wood. Ideally i would like to build everything with stuff we already have on the farm (FIL is a bit of a hoarder it would be great and inexpensive if i could use some of it up)
    This will be many more chickens then i have ever raised and i have little experience building. Any tips or insight will be appreciated.
     
  2. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After about 2 hours of work i now have the floor done
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    I can now safely walk across the whole thing without boards giving way or falling through a hole.
     
  3. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is one of the old outbuildings that must go
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    I have already caught my two daughters, thing 1 and thing 2, climbing on it.
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    So it is now a saftey issue. We thought we might be able to reuse most of the lumber and all of the tin roofing.
     
  4. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is the design i have in mind to try.

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    I got the rough plans from this book
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    It is completely open on one side to help keep the coop cool in the summer heat.
     
  5. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have a bunch of these old farrowing cages.
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    They are about 2×6 and manage to fit perfectly on the trailer. They also, with only a little work, will stack on top of each other.
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    We will need to get our local welder to design a door for me, but this seems to be very doable and really cuts down on the lumber i will need to buy.
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    The panels are heavy and so i was not able to do much today. I will need to weight until i have help to build it any higher and i also need to get more plywood.
     
  6. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A lot has gotten accomplished since i posted last.
    I got the frame built. (Yes i know i put the 2×4s on wrong, it is now too late ylto change :/)
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    We then got the siding on, we are going to cover it with tin
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  7. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got my first order of chicks in.
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    I got Red Ranger and Dixie Rainbow chicks for my first order. There are 27 in all and all arrived alive from Hoovers.
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    I did have three that were very weak, but honey water and a hot pad has seemed to make them better
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    OrganicFarmWife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I checked on them this morning and everyone was still alive and healthy, looking great!
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  9. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So far extreemly happy with Hoovers Hatchery.
     
  10. donrae

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    Love your trailer!
     

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