Tryin' again: Numbers of chicks..

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Momagain1, May 18, 2011.

  1. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2011
    Central IL
    We ended up getting 16 of the Pre-K chicks...

    we only have a 10x10 coop... (we have all summer to build another one; but not nearly as nice as the one we have now...and honestly i doubt hubby does build
    onto it)

    we have a 250 sq foot enclosed run...
    they are going to have a HUGE backyard when we are home to roam around...they also will have a huge corn field I'm sure they'll go into..
    I'm just concerned that they'll get lost amidst all that corn when its growing/grown and not find their way back...

    but I already have 31...and honestly; the ones we got from them now would be processed when they are mature... (which is when exactly?)
    so can my run/coop handle them until they are ready to process??


    TIA!
     
    Last edited: May 18, 2011
  2. crazygoatlady915

    crazygoatlady915 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok- by processed to you mean that they are meat breeds? Meaties are normally processed at 12 wks of age.
     
  3. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2011
    Central IL
    no, they are not meat birds...these are regular layer birds..

    but i dont think we can honestly handle another 16 birds w/our space...

    so we were goign to process/butcher/freezer camp them as soon as we could..
    but is that full grown at what? 20 wks or so?
     
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    18-20 weeks typically for a large fowl, dual purpose bird is pretty standard.
     
  5. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2011
    Central IL
    Grrr..again post moved....

    I am NOT asking ABOUT meat chicks; I am asking if my run/coop could HOLD them until they were processed......with the # I have now!
     
  6. Josh45640

    Josh45640 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If im reading this correctly you will have 47 birds in a 100 square foot house and a 250 square foot run. Also they have all of the outside room they could ever want to roam?

    In my opinion, you should be fine. Especially if they are getting plenty of roaming time throughout the day.
     
  7. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2011
    Central IL
    They can roam as long as we are home...

    if we ARE NOT home; they are in the run/coop...

    the smaller ones will be in the shed in a "teen" sized brooder..they wont be roaming free unless we are specifically watching them and the larger/older
    birds are in their run...
     
  8. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2011
    Central IL
    its a large yard..to roam..and a side yard..I'm just worried they'd get lost in the cornfield next to us...lol..I am NOT chasing birds in a cornfield lol
     
  9. CANDLE98

    CANDLE98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i don't think that will be a problem. By the way where in central Il are you? I was born and raised in Bloomington!
     

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