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  newbeginings
  Lehigh Acres
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Hello    (Posted Thu, Apr 19 '12 at 03:06 UTC)

We are going to start pasture raising our broilers how much land do we need to process 1500 broilers in a 6 month season? Without over fertilizing the pasture.

Thank you,

Lynn

Lynn Bruch
 farmer.boy
 Huntsville
Re: Hello    (Posted Sat, Apr 21 '12 at 06:39 UTC)

>We are going to start pasture raising our
>broilers how much land do we need to process 1500
>broilers in a 6 month season? Without over
>fertilizing the pasture.

Thank you,

Lynn


the math goes like this. if you have 12 x 12 pens they will hold about 100 birds. They will be 2 or 3 weeks old when you move them from brooder to pasture and depending on if you use "slow" or "fast" grow birds they will be out there from 5 to 10 weeks. If you move the pens every day you use about 150 sq/ft per day. So for 100 birds you would need 5000 to 10000 sq/ft. Depending on your situation you may be able to run the pens over the pasture more than once. That would reduce you space needs by 1/2 or more.Pasture grows back more quickly in spring and fall - slower in the heat of summer.
The choice of slow vs fast grow birds will also determine how many pens you need on pasture.
You probably will not need to fertilize your pasture once you get going. I had the soil tested while raising broilers and all the nutrients went up each year. Here is Alabama you can raise 999 birds/year with no interference from the gov. More than that and you will be inspected by them. If you split that up between family members you can probably get around it.

Good luck.
Stanley

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 Calhan
Re: Hello    (Posted Wed, Sep 19 '12 at 04:34 UTC)

It all depends on the pasture and weather. We can raise 100 broilers on 1/4 acre, in 3, 8x8 foot mobile cages in our southern pasture, but our northern pasture which was overgrazed by the previous owner needs almost an acre per 100 birds. In late June, July and August we move our chickens three times a day to prevent nitrogen overload, because the grass stops growing. We only graze pasture once a year with chickens, otherwise we have found that the soil cannot metabolize all of the manure.

Lunatic Grass Farmer
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