size grow out pen for meaties?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by newchknmama, Mar 23, 2012.

  1. newchknmama

    newchknmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im considering getting 4-5 meat birds for my family to raise and I was curious as to how big the grow out pen needed to be? How long do you keep them in under the heat and when would you put them outside? I am talking about fast growing meaties that would be processed in 6-8 weeks. Thanks!
     
  2. jeepguy982001

    jeepguy982001 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i don't know the answer but i just bought 4 cornish x the other day. I was going to post the same question, hopefully we'll both get an answer soon.
     
  3. xC0000005

    xC0000005 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm raising mine out in a 4x8 area and they have plenty of room with 12!. They just DO NOT MOVE much. I have their water at one end and their food in the other, and mostly they just sit in the middle. I could keep all 12 in an area 4x2 and they wouldn't be any more or less cramped, sadly.
     
  4. fair weather chicken

    fair weather chicken Out Of The Brooder

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    we raise for sale batches of 50. in a 10x12 tractor which is moved every day. we put ours out at 3 weeks, which is about all we can stand in the brooder even with plenty of carbon( wood shavings). hope this helps some.
     
  5. Swampfarmer

    Swampfarmer Out Of The Brooder

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    Commercial growers use about 1 square foot per chicken. I keep mine at 2 square feet and they have plenty of room. They still huddle together and have plenty of extra room.

    Ralph
     
  6. jeepguy982001

    jeepguy982001 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks for all the answers i think i'ma do a 4x8 for mine. afterwards I'll just use it to put my layers in when the gardens done. Thanks again all.
     
  7. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    I do 30 in a 10 x 12 area every year. Good luck with your meat birds. You are going to love them. :drool
     
  8. newchknmama

    newchknmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much for all the replies! It definitely gives me a place to start!
     

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