25 ISA browns coming June 2nd....

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by daisy_dukers, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. daisy_dukers

    daisy_dukers Songster

    Oct 9, 2007
    So I have 25 ISA browns (pullets) coming as day olds on June 2nd.

    Static Chicken Run is 30ftx30ft (still needs to be covered with wire mesh)...

    Coop is being build by my FIL... 10x12 with 10x8 being used for the chickens...leaving me 4x10 for supplies, room to move etc.

    My question is how big of a brooder will I need for 25 chicks....

    I am expecting losses and I would like to end up with 12-15 laying hens at the very worst . 25 at best [​IMG]

    As the summer progresses I am going build 3 more runs so I can alternate the birds through the runs every 2nd day.

    Since my wife has a bird phobia I have had to design and build everything so that she can take care of the birds without ever touching them if she has to...(feed, change water, and get them to thier runs)... That is once they get large enough to go into the coop and use the runs..

    She wont have to do this very often, mebbe once or twice a year..but it will end up happening eventually (murphy's law)

    I have about 200 rabbit type cages that were left by the previous owner so I had thought about dismantling a few and building a large cage out of 2-or 3. What kind of sq ft-age do I need for a brooder.
  2. aidenbaby

    aidenbaby Songster

    Apr 10, 2009
    one square foot per chick is recommended.
  3. ghulst

    ghulst Songster

    Aug 31, 2008
    Zeeland Michigan
    You made a good choice. Where are you getting the chicks from? You shouldn't lose any. I have 25 chicks now that I received yesterday.First week they will be in a 2'X2'" pen like a small rabbit hutch. then it will be 2'X4' for up to 5 weeks then they will go into a bigger pen. This has always worked for me.
  4. daisy_dukers

    daisy_dukers Songster

    Oct 9, 2007
    We ordered through a re-seller of Berg's hatchery here in Manitoba...

    We missed out last year by trying to place our order too late...

    Next year I am going to order some RIR's but I figured I would cut my teeth (and test out the facilities) on some cheaper chicks this year.

    I haven't been around chickens for close to 16yrs.....so it will be a learning experience once again..

    Next purchase will hopefully be a cow/calf pair of dexters...
  5. choctaw chicken

    choctaw chicken In the Brooder

    Sep 18, 2008
    choctaw county al
    isas rule i started with 30 but there such great layers peole keep talking me out of them mine laid at 15 weeks and lay they have and how something that big can come out of such a little hole every couple days we get a egg that will dumb found use how it did not kill the hen no lie my brother in law got a egg from a isa he stole from me that had four yolks you could not wrap your hand around that egg have had one get egg bound though have to expect that the way they lay so much and so big i ordered from randell burkey ordered 30 chicks all together got 80:) but that another story for another day good luck you will be happy no question
  6. Gumdrops

    Gumdrops In the Brooder

    Sep 3, 2008
    Wittmann, Arizona
    Best egg layers ever!!! Yes we get MEGA EGGS regularly. They are incredible. I don't know how your wife will do with them though because every time they see us they come running full force towards us wanting treats:p[​IMG]
  7. Bluemoon420

    Bluemoon420 The Rooster Queen

    My Isa's are super friendly. They come flying out to see me. They like to sit on my lap too. They get jealous when they aren't getting attention lol


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