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Space Requirements for Meat-Strain Birds

Space Requirements for Meat-Strain Birds

Age

Floor Spacea

Feeder Spaceb

Cups or Fountsb (per 1,000 birds)

From day 1

Heated area 5 sq ft brooder/100 chicks

10 trays/1,000 (feed little and often)

8

From wk 1

1 sq ft/bird

2 in./bird

20

From wk 8

2 sq ft/bird

4 in./bird

30

Mated adults

All litter: 3 sq ft/bird ½ to ⅔ slats: 2¼ sq ft/bird

4 in./bird

30 (60 in hot weather)

a Welfare programs in broiler production are relatively proscriptive on space requirements and should be appropriately referenced; the below listings are general guidelines.

b For feeder and drinking trough space, both sides of the trough should be counted. Drinking trough space (all ages) is 1 in. (2.5 cm) per bird but doubled for adults in hot weather.