Monday, May 30, 2011
We built a chicken tractor this past week in hopes of getting meat chickens in the next week The idea for tractor is a light weight (light enough for me to not have a problem lifting it) easy to move and cheap. My husband and I scoured the internet and magazines try to find something that would suite our needs. What my husband came up with was a variation of many different ones we looked at. Here are the details: It's 6 x8 which will house at least 25 birds. 1 x 2's boards are used for the frame, the wheels that are on the rear of the tractor were taken of a fertilizer spreader and poultry netting for protection. I'm very excited to start meat birds.
Like I mentioned we never raised these type of birds but I have read a lot about them for instance they can't roost, limit their food intake so they don't over eat, make sure they are kept cool in the very hot weather and that you really only can raise them8-10 weeks because they can have health problems when they get too big. For any of you that currently raise them is there anything I should know??