Week to week coop size for meaties?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by mommabear24, Feb 18, 2016.

  1. mommabear24

    mommabear24 New Egg

    Jan 29, 2015
    We are planning on ordering about 20 Cornish crosses this spring. What size brooder do they need week to week? We have a dirt floor barn with 4 11.5'x8.5' stalls. I was thinking a plastic kiddie pool with a heat lamp for the first few weeks then just use the heat lamp in the corner of a stall without the pool and finally moving them out to their chicken tractor in the yard. Thoughts?
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    They may well jump out of kiddie pool by 1-2 weeks...space sounds ok.
    How big is tractor?
    More space equals less manure pile up, cleaner bird.s
  3. Hiltonizer

    Hiltonizer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2011
    Central Maine
    The pool should be good to keep them from wandering too far and not being able to find the lamp, by the time they can jump out of it that shouldn't be a concern and you can remove it. Just be sure you're confining them to that stall, I had to adjust my stall doors closer to the ground so young birds don't weasel out when I use it as a brooder.

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