Sunshine and Cornish X

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by hemibob67, Jan 24, 2010.

  1. hemibob67

    hemibob67 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello, I will be raising 25 Cornish X in a 8x10 tractor for the first time. I plan on putting a sun shade on it and moving it twice a day. I have 4 1/2 acres of lawn to work with on this, but I was wondering am I better off keeping it in a shaded area or do they need the direct sunshine at times. I'm in Indiana.
     
  2. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    Columbus,IN
    I have next to no shade and also live in indiana so i will be interested to see what other say...
     
  3. hemibob67

    hemibob67 Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:have you raised Cornish X in the past?
     
  4. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    Columbus,IN
    NO this will be my first year as well.. I am planning to do 25 in spring and 25 in fall .. I live on top of a hill that used to be a corn field so I have next to no shade.. I figure I will just have to keep an eye out for panting.. I have heard that cornish x do much better in the heat then in the cold .. So hopefully they are heat resistant...
     
  5. MeatKing

    MeatKing Chillin' With My Peeps

    Not too sure if this helps any... Our summers can get pretty hot here, so one day I came home from work.. (Chickens are in a building, and refused to go outside!) The were panting and their (crops?) Were turning purple... I opened everything right up and turned on the fans, then they were fine... So I think it could get too hot for them... Maybe this was cause they were in a buliding with no fans on?
     
  6. Lazy J Farms Feed & Hay

    Lazy J Farms Feed & Hay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Get your self a $5 blue tarp and a $10 box fan from Wal-Mart. Use them to keep your birds comfortable and cool.

    Far too many time people complain about the health of Commercial Broilers when the blame falls upon the 'farmer' for not providing adequate airflow or cooling.

    Jim
     
  7. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    Columbus,IN
    I think the OP is plannign on using a portable tractor like myself .. So ventilation wont be a problem.. We are just wondering if Direct sunlight will be too hot with a tarp on half the tractor.. I havent had coffee yet so if that doesnt make sense just tell me and ill try again.. Off to get coffee...
     
  8. hemibob67

    hemibob67 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm not really worried about too much sun because they will have a shade tarp and good ventilation, but my question is "Do they have to have some direct sunlight or am I ok putting the tractor in areas that are shady all the time?"
     
  9. Brunty_Farms

    Brunty_Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you use a tarp... or any other plastic material to shade your broilers you better have a fan and keep it running. You need higher tops if you don't use a fan because the tarp will cook them alive.

    I use steel siding for my tops, keep the white side up because it will reflect the sunlight.

    However to answer your question... they do like the sunlight... especially in colder weather and in mornings. Many times I will find them out laying in the sun first thing in the morning warming up. But when things heat up they seek the shade and as long as they have plenty of water, space, and shade they will be fine (remember though shade by a tarp.... must keep a fan like Lazy said... otherwise you can have a lot of dead broilers on your hands).

    I keep 2/3'ds of my pens in shade. The rest is chicken wire. (chicken wire is not a good idea if you have stray dogs or a lot of predators)
     
  10. Brunty_Farms

    Brunty_Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:They don't need the sun, no. However sometimes they do benefit from it, especially on cold days and in the mornings. Make sure you have good ventilation for that tarp.
     

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