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Brooder box help asap

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Rookiechookie, Feb 25, 2016.

  1. Rookiechookie

    Rookiechookie Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi i am new so I've probably posted this not in the right spot
    I have a brooder box that is 3.5 foot wide and 6 foot long is this enough room for 15 chicks? Please reply asap

    And what wattage heat lamp would I need?:):):)
     
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! For new chicks your brooder sounds great but either way they are going to grow out of it sooner than you think. Being prepared for the next step is always a bonus. As for bulb I don't have a lot of choice and can only get a 250 watt for my lamp but you can get lower watts and they do just fine. Your chicks will tell if they are too hot or cold. If they are all huddled on top of each other under the heat they are cold and if they are spread around the edges they are too hot. Adjusting the height of the lamp to suit what your chicks are doing will be needed. Here is a great section form the learning centre ~ https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-and-raising-chicks

    Wishing you the very best of luck and enjoy BYC :frow
     
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  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    They'll outgrow it by about 3 to 4 weeks.
     
  4. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  6. Rookiechookie

    Rookiechookie Out Of The Brooder

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    I am only going to keep the chicks in there till 3 weeks
    Thanks for replying so quickly
     
  7. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Your most welcome :highfive:
     
  8. Rookiechookie

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    The chicks won't be hatching for a while partly because all my other hens are moulting but once they do start it will be winter. I prefer not breeding in the winter partly because of the cold climate here in Tasmania but once it warms up again I will have plenty of photos of my newly born chicks

    I am breeding buff columbian Wyandotte's and Barneveldars with a 150w heat lamp
     
  9. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft! Premium Member

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    There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to join the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around the run.
     
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    How high will the sides of the brooder be? Those tiny chicks try out their wings early. If they make it to the top they either fall out or fly out and can't get back in

    Always a good idea to have a wire top on the brooder for just that reason and/- or to keep house pets out. Welcome to Backyard chickens.
     

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