4 week olds getting too big for the brooder

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by k9lin, Apr 9, 2008.

  1. k9lin

    k9lin In the Brooder

    Mar 17, 2008
    Hi -

    I have 4, 4week old chicks. The brooder I have, is like a large rabbit cage, and I've had it in my shower for the last month. Chicks are doing great (although I think one of them, a SLW, is a roo.... argh). But, I'm thinking they are getting too big for the brooder - every time we come in to the bathroom, they are flying around and they just looked cramped.

    Should I change their brooder to a bigger cage? I guess this sounds like an obvious answer....

  2. jnjross

    jnjross Songster

    Apr 3, 2008
    edwards, ms
    I have 7 4wk i have them in a 45gal storage box i got from target for $12, but their gonna try to fly no matter what you put them in. you might want to make a mini tractor so they play outside during the day.
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2008
  3. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    id see if i couldnt find them a bigger cage.
  4. Texas Fluffy Feet

    Texas Fluffy Feet Songster

    Feb 20, 2008
    Arlington, TX
    If they seem cramped they probably are. How close is your coop to being done?

    If the shower is not in use could you maybe cover the tub with something and put shavings right in it? Then you could run a little chicken wire across to make a top. That may be enough room to get you through until they get in the coop.

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