Originally Posted by bbrierly
So been messing around with my brooding box... I want my chicks to have enough space to enjoy themselves... I put a white whatchamacallit ( not sure what it is) for them to play on it and learn how to roost... But do you think that takes to much of their room ? I'll have 15 of them and I know they grow fast... So I was thinking moving them out to the coop as early as 3 weeks old... Bc I'll get them as chicks on April 11th
What do you guys think?
That does not take up room or add room, it’s just part of their room. If you try putting 15 in there you will run out of room really quickly. I’d think of something bigger. One thing that can work really well is a cardboard appliance box, the box a refrigerator or stove comes in. Set that up in a garage or something like that. If you run out of room get another one and tape it to the first, just cutting a hole in them so they can use the whole area. They are going to grow really fast.
Do you have power in your coop? Here are chicks straight out of the incubator that I put in my brooder in the coop this past Monday.
And here’s a shot of the 3’ x 6’ brooder. This shot was taken in the summer. This time of year it’s wrapped really well in that plastic. One end stays pretty toasty but the far end sometimes has ice in it.
Who knows what kind of weather we will have around May 1, which is when I think you are talking about moving them outside. Last year we had snow May 1st. Many years three week old chicks would be fine outside without any extra heat. If you have power out there and can set up an area that stays warm no matter how cold it gets outside, there is no reason you could not put them in the coop Day 1, as soon as you get them.