Brooder size for 26 chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Mr.Dad, Mar 21, 2007.

  1. Mr.Dad

    Mr.Dad Songster

    Feb 2, 2007
    North Jersey
    Time to start getting ready for the arrival of our flock...I opted for the 'free chick' even though we're only keeping about 13 or so....we'll find homes for the rest before Winter.....

    What size brooder should I build?....From what I've learned so far they're gonna be in there for at least 8 weeks right?

    Should I make so it's expandable via a moveable inside wall?

    What's a good wall height?

    Should I make a screen top?

    Are clamp on spot lights (two) good for heaters or should I get the heat lamp?...I figured if I did two 100w or so if one blew there would still be a heat sorce till we woke up etc..I'll also have a way to raise lower the lights as needed....

    Thanks for any ideas...I'd like to be ready when they get here, and also as they grow.....

  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana glad to see you are being responsible and getting prepared before they come. I have 28 peeps....they are a week old now...mine are in a 4x4 crate...about 4 ft tall. They have a heat lamp, but are in my garage..and its still pretty cool in there. This weekend, I will move my grandsons chicks, cornish X into thier own crate...same sizt, because they are growing so much faster, and I found out they need a different type of they are meat chickens.They hop like if not tall enough they will need a top in thier crate...or box. Cardboard boxes are great for peeps...say an appliance box, cut down to a workable height. Have fun with your flock....hours and hours of fun!
  3. pegbo

    pegbo Songster

    Feb 8, 2007
    [​IMG]I agree. I used cardboard and duct tape so it was the size I needed. Because I kept them on an enclosed porch I just used the floor and changed shavings every day.I only covered half of the surround with cardboard for warmth.[​IMG]
  4. 4H kids and mom

    4H kids and mom Cooped Up

    Mar 10, 2007
    Southern Wisconsin
    I have my 27 brooding in a 5' x 4' box and they are now 2 weeks old and still have room to grow without being too crowded. By about 4 weeks, I would guess the box will be getting cramped with that many, and I will either expand it by adding on another box, or see if they are ready to move out to the coop with a good heat lamp.
  5. Mr.Dad

    Mr.Dad Songster

    Feb 2, 2007
    North Jersey
    Thanks for the ideas [​IMG]
  6. joanna

    joanna In the Brooder

    Mar 9, 2007
    my experience shows that I need a "lid" for my brooder boxes (even at 4' tall). I can't count the number of times I've had to chase baby chicks down and put them back in the box. I think you could use a variety of things to make a lid providing it allows for ventilation. I've seen old fence gates, window screens and chicken wire. not sure what works best yet.
  7. Mr.Dad

    Mr.Dad Songster

    Feb 2, 2007
    North Jersey
    Wow I never thought four feet wouldn't be enough......

    Can I make some thing like two feet high with a flip top this way we can reach in....four feet will take some of the fun out of it for the would be a stretch for me just to reach them......
  8. Llysse

    Llysse Songster

    Mar 11, 2007
    Yes, two feet high is plenty tall for the chicks... just not tall enough to ensure they'll all stay inside without a lid [​IMG]

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