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About to build my brooder for 6 standard birds. I plan to use it for the duration of 8 weeks+/-.
I was planning 3' x 4' for the length/width. I will partition it for when they are chicks.
My question is what height is sufficient. I was thinking of 18". Will this be enough for when they are in the 4-8 week range?

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Steve

Hobby Farmer living on the coast of Maine - 2-Rhode Island Reds, 1-Barred Rock, 1-Black Copper Marans, 2-Welsummers, 3-Barnevelders, 3-Olive Eggers, 2-Lavender Ameraucanas and 2-American Guinea Hogs... Hmmmmmm - what next?

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Hobby Farmer living on the coast of Maine - 2-Rhode Island Reds, 1-Barred Rock, 1-Black Copper Marans, 2-Welsummers, 3-Barnevelders, 3-Olive Eggers, 2-Lavender Ameraucanas and 2-American Guinea Hogs... Hmmmmmm - what next?

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post #2 of 6

Noooooooo, 2  feet or more. Those buggers can jump! Sorta build it in a way that one of the walls is lower, and pina  beach blanket or somethin' up there so you can block them in the brooder but get in to feed and water them. My brooder is an old bookshelf with the shelves taken out. I laid the bookcase on its side, screwed two of the shelves to the long ends, found a screen to put over the two, and pinned beach blankets to the open sides. Probably more info than you needed tongue but hope this helps!

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post #3 of 6

While 18" is high enough for them to walk around, they will be over the top in 3 weeks. Make a hardware cloth screen top and keep them covered. Have fun and good luck! thumbsup

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"Regard it as just as desirable to build a chicken house as to build a cathedral."
 Frank Lloyd Wright

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Gardeners please see my garden blog at http://centralcoastgardening.com.
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post #4 of 6

18" is plenty if you put a cover on it (make sure the cover is breathable!) but like someone else said, if you go without a cover you want it no less than 2 feet tall. They learn to jump out very quickly!

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I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.   - E.B. White

 

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. - Eleanor Roosevelt

 

The best way to be missed when you're gone is to stand for something while you're here. - Seth Godin

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post #5 of 6
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Oh there will definitely be a cover. Just wondering if the birds will be ok with it...
Steve

Hobby Farmer living on the coast of Maine - 2-Rhode Island Reds, 1-Barred Rock, 1-Black Copper Marans, 2-Welsummers, 3-Barnevelders, 3-Olive Eggers, 2-Lavender Ameraucanas and 2-American Guinea Hogs... Hmmmmmm - what next?

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Hobby Farmer living on the coast of Maine - 2-Rhode Island Reds, 1-Barred Rock, 1-Black Copper Marans, 2-Welsummers, 3-Barnevelders, 3-Olive Eggers, 2-Lavender Ameraucanas and 2-American Guinea Hogs... Hmmmmmm - what next?

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post #6 of 6

they'll enjoy a bit of height to test their wings... i've noticed if you give them a bit of height and a roost, they'll take to the roost better once they're out int he coop...

mine is about 3 feet tall so that by the time they are around 3 or 4 weeks, they can reach the roost that is like 10-12" tall.

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I've been married to my best friend since October 18, 2009.

We've been the proud parents of one happy baby girl since August 14, 2011
Our critters include 1 dog, 5 cats, 1 rabbit, and an ever growing number of chickens!

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