1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

brooder-area needed

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by nellynelly, Sep 26, 2013.

  1. nellynelly

    nellynelly Chillin' With My Peeps

    193
    3
    91
    Apr 8, 2012
    Bogota, Col
    my brooder is ~4.5'x3'. i am wondering how many chicks i can house in it. i want to go straight from the brooder to coop.

    thanks
     
  2. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut Premium Member

    8,134
    140
    316
    Dec 16, 2011
    Iowa
    From brooder to coop - about 3 chicks.
     
  3. nellynelly

    nellynelly Chillin' With My Peeps

    193
    3
    91
    Apr 8, 2012
    Bogota, Col
    i only plan on keeping them in the brooder until 4 weeks. 3 birds seem like way too much space/bird. i read that .5 ft^2/chick is ok.
     
  4. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut Premium Member

    8,134
    140
    316
    Dec 16, 2011
    Iowa
    Up until four weeks old that is good. I got confused - I forgot most people don't keep them in the brooder as long as me. Sorry about that. :) then...around 25.
     
  5. nellynelly

    nellynelly Chillin' With My Peeps

    193
    3
    91
    Apr 8, 2012
    Bogota, Col
    thanks.

    i guess what i really want to know, what is the earliest i can remove them from the light (and put them in the coop)? typical night here is in the 50's. would they huddle up as a group for warmth? the coop does not have electricty, so a lamp there is not an option. how about a compost pile in the coop, would that generate enough heat?

    up til now, i have had a broody hen do this work for me.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by