Raising broilers with livestock

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ZurcherFarms, Mar 12, 2018.

  1. ZurcherFarms

    ZurcherFarms Songster

    Jan 9, 2018
    I just wanted to bounce some ideas off of you all. I know chickens LOVE cattle and pig poop, and though it seems disgusting, it's actually pretty good for them, and creates less feed waste, and helps break up the actual livestock waste as they're scratching it around. Seems like a win win, right?

    My question is, how is the best way to incorporate the two together? My hogs have a three sided shed with a padock of concrete. My current chicken barn isn't exactly close by them. Is it better to have the chickens nest in the same building, or do you just have them near enough to forage in their pens? Obviously it would be easier if they were all on pasture together, and they could follow them around but our fencing doesn't allow our pigs to do that. Is there any concern with the pigs eating or attacking the chickens? Will the broilers hop over a 3' pig panel to get into the pens? Or will they be too fat? Any extra predator concerns with them out in the open with the pigs? (Obviously you can make a pig shed as soon proof as a chicken coop...)

    I've been debating having a little mini grassy area that the pigs can go out in and that they could share it with the broilers for part of the day, but need to work out the logistics of it.

    I look forward to any ideas!

    Here is a terrible paint-enhanced redition of an areal view our hog shed. The lean-to is in the corner of the L, with two concrete runs going to the West and South. I could put a separate broiler shed on one of the concrete runs. I could also fence off the pasture grass, to make like a square with the concrete.


    Thoughts? Thanks!
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    It's happened, not sure how common it is tho.
    Are these CX broilers?
  3. ZurcherFarms

    ZurcherFarms Songster

    Jan 9, 2018
    Yes, that's what I was thinking.
  4. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    Pigs will eat them.
  5. Birdinhand

    Birdinhand Crowing

    May 23, 2016
    our pigs would eat a chicken that could not get away fast enough. I would think that CX would be fine for a while, at least the COBB 500 variety, but after about 5-6 weeks they really start to slow down and do the waddle. I'd be worried that in the last weeks of grow out of the broilers that they would not be able to get away fast enough from the pigs.
    aart likes this.

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