raising meats on wire

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by chickenjoe, Nov 28, 2009.

  1. chickenjoe

    chickenjoe Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 22, 2009
    My sister and I raised 36 conish X this year. We had them in a chicken coop at our parent s house. The thing I didn't like is when we processed them they had lot chicken matter on their under side. I would like to do they again in the spring but I was think about making a cage setup simlar to a rabbit hutch. have it a bout 2 ft off the ground with a wire bottom. probably use 1/2 inch screen. in a 5 x 10 cage. What would be the pros and con of this. I would be putting 25 chicken in that size space.
  2. chickenwhisperer123

    chickenwhisperer123 Whispers Loudly

    Mar 7, 2009
    Lincoln, Nebraska
    CON : They wouldnt be able to move.... [​IMG]

    ETA : IMO, (whether it matters or not,) Since they are living, breathing animals, the time they are here (Before Slaughter) should not completely SUCK.... Im not one of those PETA people but some things just arent right. (Like meat birds having 2 sq. feet per bird in a wire cage for their whole life.)

    What about moving them around in a tractor? That way, they would stay clean because of fresh grass, and they would still be happy. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2009
  3. Tad

    Tad Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 16, 2008
    South TX on the border
    i dont think they will do well, laying and rubbing on the wire, heavy breeds dont do well on wire, but I could be and have been wrong before?!?!?!
  4. CedarRidgeChicks

    CedarRidgeChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2009
    Adair Co.Ky
    Wrong..they will do great!!..We raised 48 in 2 large wire pens that my husband built. . they were very clean when processed.I fed them Flock Raiser and Finisher along with daily greens and yogurt weekly. I ordered 50..lost 2 the second day..I sat the waterer done on them not realizing it. For the first 2 weeks we had them in a brooder and moved them to the pens at 2 weeks. I got them in mid May and we processed at 9 weeks..average weight was 5 !/2 lbs with 6 being right at 7 lbs. I plan to repeat this process this Spring.
  5. chickenwhisperer123

    chickenwhisperer123 Whispers Loudly

    Mar 7, 2009
    Lincoln, Nebraska
    Quote:How big are your cages?
  6. CedarRidgeChicks

    CedarRidgeChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2009
    Adair Co.Ky
    8 ft long 3ft wide, 2ft high..we used hardware cloth on bottom. rabbit wire on sides with a lift up tin top.
  7. cassie

    cassie Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 19, 2009
    We keep ours bedded on shavings. They stay clean. We just add shavings as necessary so the bedding stays dry.

    EGGTASKTIC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 16, 2009
    Sorry But I Would Go With A Tractor. Just Like The Idea Of Them Getting Out On The Ground A Bit.
  9. Buster52

    Buster52 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 28, 2009
    Geronimo Oklahoma
    Tractor. Tractor. Tractor. If you have the space, tractor.

    Bird comfort aside, it is also less work (zero cleanup) and good for your property as they fertilize your grass as they go. The birds feed the grass which in turn feeds the birds next time around, who then feed the grass...

    Plus birds that can forage a bit (I know these things aren't usually great at that) just plain taste better.

  10. Overeasyplz

    Overeasyplz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2009
    I want to try these birds this spring, and am going to use the tractor I have and move my layers into a new coop. I have a whole acre to use, and if you ask me I think the pasture needs a little fertilizer..

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