24 Inch Walls - When will chicks' escape ?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by MTopPA_18707, Mar 19, 2011.

  1. MTopPA_18707

    MTopPA_18707 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Our chicks are only a week old.

    I'm just wondering . . . at what age must I put a top of the brooder to ensure they don't escape ?

    Kevin & Kids.
     
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  2. Posh Chickens

    Posh Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    5 weeks? I'm not sure, I suppose when they get excited.
     
  3. DAFox

    DAFox Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It would depend on the breed. Some breeds are flyers and some are content to sit around. Best to cover it early on, rather than too late.
    Dale-Ann
     
  4. The Tinman

    The Tinman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would do it now. I use a window screen.It will help keep the dust down and still let air circulate.
     
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  5. MTopPA_18707

    MTopPA_18707 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks for the feedback.

    This weekend I will add a window screen top . . . it will be week # two, and the temp should be lowered to 90F.

    At that temp the Lamp will be at 24 inches or higher . . . which makes it even easier to add the top.

    Kevin & Kids
     
  6. SassyKat6181

    SassyKat6181 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine were escaping 18" walls at 2 weeks. Yours are on their way. Keep the feed and water away from the edge....mine learned to hop there first and then out. [​IMG]
     
  7. KIDDSBANTAMS

    KIDDSBANTAMS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Buff Orpingtons flew out at 2 weeks and mine was taller than yours.
     
  8. Back on the Farm

    Back on the Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine were jumping at 2 weeks and coming pretty darn close to the top - so I added a screen to the top to keep them in. A few days ago, I ended up moving them to a very large dog crate because they ran out of room. They grow so fast.

    Cover as soon as you can - they are brave, curious little souls.
     
  9. BoyetteK9

    BoyetteK9 Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine are two weeks old today and one made it to the top of the box this afternoon. I've already had to split them into two boxes - three in a Rubbermaid tub and four in a large cardboard box with the sides taped up for height.

    Help!

    What does everyone keep their chicks in that's large enough to hold all 7 so I don't interrupt the pecking order and have to re-introduce them later?
    At the rate they're growing I'll have to have six separate boxes which I can't keep all warm. I'm in Cincinnati and days are in the 60's, and nights still in the 40's. They're in the basement right now.
     
  10. aprhardy

    aprhardy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great topic!! Mine are a week old today and I found them escaped earlier! Talking about scary! Right now I've got 8, with the 24 inch cardboard circle, plenty big, and they managed to push under/through it and were sleeping on the outside of the ring. I have no idea what I am going to do when my other 25 get here next week! Yikes! Help!
     

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