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Brand New never made a post before but have a brooder question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by newchicks29, May 9, 2011.

  1. newchicks29

    newchicks29 New Egg

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    [​IMG] Hi and thanks for a warm welcome I am expecting my first chicks to arrive on the 18th or 19 of this month and I have 90% of start up supplies but have a question i am getting 6 chicks how large of a enclosuer do i need for them was planning on like a cut down washer or dryer box this big enough to start? Thanks in advance all.
     
  2. YYZ

    YYZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello newchicks29

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  3. LilyD

    LilyD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think what I was told to begin with is to plan for half a foot per chick while they are small then it goes up to two feet per chick when fully grown. So for six probably a 2foot by 3 foot would be a little big to start but give them room to grow.
     
  4. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

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    A washer/dryer box will be more than enough for 6 chicks. [​IMG]
     
  5. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome. That sounds like a good size to me. Have fun with them.
     
  6. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    Always better to have more space than they need than not enough. An appliance box should work fine. FWIW, 3-week old chicks can fly so you should plan on leaving 3' sides or adding a lid if you'll be keeping them in there for more than a couple of weeks.
     
  7. epeloquin

    epeloquin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That box is plenty of room. I have the front of my box cut down to allow for ease of feeding, watering, cleaning and taking girls out. I just clamp a piece of poultry netting across the opening.
     

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