Brooder box without top question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by gmabry75, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. gmabry75

    gmabry75 Out Of The Brooder

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    At what age should I be concerned about my brooder not having a top. My brooder is a 4 by 8 box with 2 ft sides. Don't want to find out after one escapes. Thanks, Greg
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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    I start out with one. I've seen two week old chicks fly 2' vertically up and 3' horizontal and there is no doubt in my mind they could have gone a lot further up and out if they wanted to.

    What do you gain by waiting? What do you lose if you wait too long?
     
  3. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, we put a top on the brooder immediately, and our sides are higher than 2'. Those little beasties are really good at getting out if given the chance!
     
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  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    ... and they run very fast once they're out. And they hide very well once they've stopped running. Been there, done the chases. Put a top on the brooder box before they get their wing feathers, which they do within days of hatching.
     
  5. donnavee

    donnavee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ditto what everyone else said. I've had 2 day old ones jump pretty darned high and escape the brooder. Then they start peeping like crazy and it becomes a game of hide and seek trying to catch the little things.
     
  6. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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    I've had 2 day old chicks get in a nest about 14" off the floor. The broody says come to bed and they do. Some chicks that age did not make it in that nest until they were a couple of days older.

    I think motivation has something to do with when they will try to escape the brooder, but probably what normally happens is that they jump/fly up to roost on the brooder edge and hop down on the wrorng side. But my brooder starts out covered so I really don't have experience with them jumping out of a brooder.
     
  7. gmabry75

    gmabry75 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok. Install top immediately it is. Mine are 3 days old. Never would have dreamed they could get over it until a few weeks. Thanks all, Greg
     
  8. hungry4eggs

    hungry4eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Glad I read this picked my chicks up on Tuesday RIR had wing feathers and Barred Rocks are getting them. Using an old wooden chest for a brooder, going outside right now to build a top from spare wood and chicken wire.
     
  9. gmabry75

    gmabry75 Out Of The Brooder

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    I know what you mean. I would have thought I had a couple of weeks at least. Thankfully we have good people on this forum to keep us new folks straight.
     
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  10. hungry4eggs

    hungry4eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree this is a great forum with great folks.
     
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