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post #31 of 51

For an eight week old is it 3 sq feet needed or much less

post #32 of 51
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Originally Posted by first time farmer 
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Originally Posted by felidaet 

Last year I raised 18 chicks in a borrowed 100 gallon steel watering tub (for large livestock) until they were 6 weeks old.  This year I am getting 25 chicks.  I am going to build a brooder from OSB (wafer board).  It will be 8' long by 3' wide and 2' tall.  I will have a lid on most of it and poultry wire on the part without a lid.  I will be raising them in a heated garage.  I will likely move them to their coop around 5 - 6 weeks (or sooner if they seem too crowded).  I am going to put the brooder together with screws.  When I am done with it for the year I will take it apart and store in in the attic of our garage.


Thats exactly what i am doing lol...i am just going to make mine bigger because of the cold weather here that can last till late march early april on a fluke day so just incase mine is going to be either 8x8x2 or 8x5x2


8'x3'= 24 sq.ft so from everything I've read  1/2 sq. ft. per chick for ages 1-4 wks. You have enough for 48 chicks that age.
                                                                   1  sq. ft. per chick for ages 4-8 wks. You have enough for 24 chicks. (give or take)*
You can put a divider in the middle and take it out when they are 4 wks old.That way you can keep the needed heat enclosed.

*If you build small roosts and place them about 6" off the floor that will give you the additional sq. footage you need for that 25th chick. smile   

Now and 8x8 will equal 64 sq. ft. and give you enough room for 128 chicks! FUN!
        an 8x5                40 sq. ft.                                              80 chickies!  Ohhh this is fun.... How many should I buy...haha.

You also will want to maybe build a small run to attach to the brooder or maybe find a way to attach it to an existing run. I'm not sure about putting them with an existing flock and 5-6 wks. Will they be the only ones in the coop?

post #33 of 51
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Originally Posted by rstang88 
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Originally Posted by Karen_at_LittleBrook 

Hi everyone,

For all of you experienced with chicks in tote brooders- I don't know how to judge the size of growing chicks, so I have to ask what size rubbermaid tote will be okay from start to finsih for 14 chicks? Would a 55 gallon be big enough? 90 gallon? Or do I need to plan on something else? I'm having a hard time envisioning 14 chicks in a tote, all having enough room to get under a lamp or away from a lamp, eat and move around because I'm not sure how big they will be at each weeks' stage. So, if recommended, Id like to start with whatever the final size would need to be.

Thanks so much!

Karen


Hi Karen! that is why I just built the 4x8 pen. I didnt want to mess with moving to different totes, containers, boxes and/or pens. It also depends on how soon you can move them out side to their coop/trackor. I planned on keeping mine inside for about 8 weeks or so minimal, weather permiting. by then I figured they would be out growing my pen anyways. good luck!


1/2 sq. ft. per chick ages 1-4 wks and 1 sq. ft. per chick 4-8 wks. If you buy something big enough for the older chick you can alway insert a dividing wall to enclose the heat for when they are really little (1-4) then remove it when they are ready.  I don't know which size tote gallon wise but look at the dimensions. If its possible try to build them some roosts and place 5-6" off the floor of brooder.  Good luck!

post #34 of 51

My brooder has a divider to remove as the chicks get bigger.  While small I can use the alternate side while i'm cleaning the one they're living in.  I can then move the divider to make the brooder larger, and then remove it altogether.  big_smile  Check out more pictures on the brooder images thread.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/46193_20100312_4.jpg


Edited by kichohana - 3/12/10 at 12:55pm

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Former California girl... I'm a full time working mom with 1 brilliant 10 year old boy, the best hubby a girl could ask for, 2 mini dachshunds, and 20 hens - 1 Speckled Sussex, 2 RIR (retired girls flock) - 1 white rock, 1 australorp, 2 barred rock, 2 red sex links, 1 dark brahma, 1 buff brahma, 1 welsummer, 1 glw, 1 slw, 1 cuckoo maran, 1 delaware, 1 ameruacana, 1 speckled sussex, 1 buff...

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post #35 of 51

Garden tub!  I like that!  Could I successfully brood 4 or 5 chicks in the garden tub all the way up to 8 weeks or so before putting them out in the coop?

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Originally Posted by wildorchid053 

make it easy on your self.. mine are going in my garden tub till they look like they need more room. then they will finish out in the lower level of the house in a small coop.. then out to their own  when warm enough.. just look and if they are crowded move them lol

post #36 of 51

I agree...

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Originally Posted by gritsar 

How big should the brooder be?  About five times bigger than you think.  I used a kiddie wading pool for my 23 chicks.  They outgrew it by week four.


I have a brooder coop for my chicks.

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post #37 of 51

just found a brooder tub that is 41.81x21.81 (18" tall).  i get 955.5 inches.  i divide that by 24" (per chick) and it looks like i could put about 40 chicks in there. 

i don't need that...i only have 24.

but did i do the math right?  it doesn't seem right, at all.

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post #38 of 51
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Originally Posted by haTHOR 

just found a brooder tub that is 41.81x21.81 (18" tall).  i get 955.5 inches.  i divide that by 24" (per chick) and it looks like i could put about 40 chicks in there. 

i don't need that...i only have 24.

but did i do the math right?  it doesn't seem right, at all.


Your problem with the math there is that a square foot is 12x12 = 144, not 12+12 = 24.  So you can actually only fit 6 or so chicks in there at 1sq ft each.

My brooder was 2' high plywood nailed in a box to be 4'x4'.  I have 24 chicks in there at nearly 4 weeks... and they need more room now, so thankfully they're going into their coop this weekend.  But it worked well for the first 2-3 weeks, and really it's not that bad right now.  It's not like they're fighting, there's no smells or anything, but they just look like need more room to run and play.  Oh also, at 2' high, they were roosting on the edges of the brooder by the end of 2 weeks, so you'd need a lid (or smart chicks with good balance who know to stay on the inside!)

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I'm a nurse who wishes she was a farmer!  We have 17 free-ranging laying hens and their roo protector (SS. EE, SLW, BLRW, Cochin, and Cuckoo Marans.  We also do Cornish Cross meaties in the spring and fall, and we're going to try our first turkeys in 2012.  We foster rescue dogs, and we have our own black lab, pit bull, and Anatolian Shepherd.

Check us out at http://www.oldpostfarm.com

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post #39 of 51
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Originally Posted by Uzuri 

6" square is actually 1/4 a square foot.  1/2 foot square and 1/2 square foot are not the same thing.  And 6 square inches is yet something else!

Yea geometry :p


Isn't geometry great ?   Yes, 6 sq inches is 1/4 square foot. 

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post #40 of 51
Sounds about right. Especially when they are small. Mine slept in a pile the first week.
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