25 chicks coming on Feb. 6th......few questions

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by pinkchick, Jan 31, 2009.

  1. pinkchick

    pinkchick "Ain't nuttin' like having da' blues"

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    I have 25 new chicks coming next week, this was not planned so I am sort of rushed getting ready for them.

    How much space do I need in a brooder for 25?

    At 5 weeks can you put them straight out side in a coop and run or should they be housed differently?

    HELP, I really don't have a lot of experience in raising chicks!
     
  2. Fresh Eggs

    Fresh Eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lol,


    I have 26 coming on MONDAY!!![​IMG]! I have about a foot and a half wide cardboard box that is 4ish feet ling.That I thibnk can house them for a week or two. Then just get a bigger box.
     
  3. briarpatchfarms

    briarpatchfarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    a metal tub that you can get at tractor supply is a very great brooder us shelf liner in the bottomwith shavings to and of course your light


    And yeah that should be fine we put ares out at 4 weeks but at this time of year its probably better! and keep alight on them at night at that age too!

    [​IMG] bring in the chickies [​IMG]
     
  4. pinkchick

    pinkchick "Ain't nuttin' like having da' blues"

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    Thanks!
    Another question:

    We were thinking of building a smaller coop and building a brooder inside of it so the chicks could just go from brooder to enclosed coop with run. Is is safe to do this or should they be housed indoors if I can?
     
  5. briarpatchfarms

    briarpatchfarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:yeah as long as they are 5 to 6 weeks old that would be fine thats aboutthe age they would start venturing off!!
     
  6. gardener

    gardener Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used a pen about 5 by 5' so it had about 1 square foot per bird.
    after 5 weeks they can go outside if its not really cold.
    they grow fast and will need the space.
     
  7. pinkchick

    pinkchick "Ain't nuttin' like having da' blues"

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    Quote:I have a stock tank that is a little bigger than a 55 gallon barrel? It has to be 2.5 feet tall and 4 ft long, will that work? If so, how long will it work?
     
  8. briarpatchfarms

    briarpatchfarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I have a stock tank that is a little bigger than a 55 gallon barrel? It has to be 2.5 feet tall and 4 ft long, will that work? If so, how long will it work?

    Yeah that would work fine sould work for the 5 week term it should!
    Just be sure that you use shelf liner so the chick dont get straddle legs
     
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  9. pinkchick

    pinkchick "Ain't nuttin' like having da' blues"

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    OMGosh! What is straddle leg (sp?) ?

    Regular shelf liner like we use in our kitchens?
    I have some of that rubberized non-slip stuff, not that right?
     
  10. briarpatchfarms

    briarpatchfarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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