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Brooder Question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by katef842, Mar 19, 2016.

  1. katef842

    katef842 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 19, 2016
    I am a new time chicken owner and loving it. I got 12 baby chicks at tractor supply that I believe look 1-3 weeks old. I have a plastic brooder that is working great, but they are growing fast. Would it be ok to split the flock in half and have two brooders? I just wanted to get someones opinion if thats a good idea or not in regards that once they get older they would all be in the same coop. Or would it just be me needing to learn how to introduce them like a new flock in the future? Thanks!!![​IMG]
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    It's best to make the brooder larger. Do you have a coop already. The old fashioned way is to brood them in the coop with a circle or whatever you have to keep them confined and slowly make it bigger. I wouldn't split the group's, chickens form bonds with their flock mates and don't like intruders, so two groups wouldn't be a cohesive flock, and you could have fighting and problems.
  3. katef842

    katef842 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 19, 2016
    Yes, I have a coop. Its just too cold for them to be outside where I live. Thank you for your help! I will look for a bigger brooder instead.
  4. ShellLea

    ShellLea Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2012
    Canton, Ohio
    I'm using a large dog cage.

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