brooder for 3 chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by katiekuj, Apr 12, 2011.

  1. katiekuj

    katiekuj Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 3 one week old chicks in a large rubbermaid (85qt). We have chicken wire zip tied over the top (to protect from toddlers + cat). Wondering if this size brooder will last us until they can go out to the coop?
    Our house is very small so I'm not super keen on the idea of having a larger brooder inside, but worry about the cat having unsupervised "visits" with the chicks if we put a brooder out in the garage.

    anyone have a similar set up that lasted?
     
  2. Sparkalator

    Sparkalator Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would think that it would work, depends though on where you are located and how warm it is outside.
     
  3. katiekuj

    katiekuj Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm in CA and its been in the mid-60s during the day, mid 40s at night.
     
  4. Sorin

    Sorin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Welcome to BYC ! What are the measurements for your tote? I'm guessing a little over two feet by 1 1/2 feet. If that's correct, then I would say that's good until maybe 3 to 4 weeks old [​IMG] it might be a little crowded after that. What part of the country are in and temperatures? I'm in northern NY so it's still in the low 40s at night. But at 3-4 weeks old if your coop is draft free they could probably go out in the coop with the heat lamp if they need to.
     
  5. WhySayWhat

    WhySayWhat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have my 3 (3.5 week old) chicks in a 50-gallon tote. It's looking a bit "fuller" these days, but they still have plenty of room to flap around.
     

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