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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by pfawcett, Nov 3, 2015.
I am just about to hatch baby chickens. How long do they stay in the brooder box?
It depends entirely on your set up. Do you have a coop ready for them? Does it have available electricity? Do you have other birds in that coop? I highly recommend this option: https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors. After brooding chicks this way, I'll never go back to a heat lamp again, and after the first 24 - 48 hours, I'll never keep chicks in my house, basement, or garage again! To successfully brood, I recommend that you have at least 1 s.f. in the brooder per chick.