Are low roosting poles ok in brooder at one week old?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by sarahandbray, Aug 26, 2014.

  1. sarahandbray

    sarahandbray Songster

    Aug 12, 2014
    Jokingly, my husband stuck a few old wooden tomato stakes through the vent holes of the upside down dog crate we're using as a brooder, maybe 3" off the ground. He did this when they were two days old and many have been using them!!!

    I think it's great--is there any reason why I shouldn't have them in there this young? Jumping down this young ok? They kind of flap their way up and down and most make the roosts!

  2. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Crowing

    Jan 27, 2014
    Central Oregon
    I don't see any problem at all. Just make sure that the "roost" you use is large enough for their feet. As they grow, so should the circumference of the roost.
  3. Denwendairy

    Denwendairy Chirping

    May 31, 2014
    Alberta Canada
    We did something similar and they really seemed to like it! I figured that as long as they had enough room to get up and get down safely, we'd be ok! We had a nice layer of shavings on the floor to absorb any bumps on the jump down. They're 14 weeks now and are thriving so i don't think it affected them negatively in any way!
  4. CharterChick

    CharterChick Songster

    Jul 21, 2014
    Aberdeen, WA
    My Coop
    I put a 1"x1" (approximately) in with mine it was easier for them to stand on but they started at a few days too it's cute! We just raised it as they got bigger.
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2014

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