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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by DownSouthOrps, Feb 15, 2014.
How many chicks can fit in a 4x4x4 brooder and what is better for the bottom wire or wood
Definitely wood. Wire is breezy and chicks don't need a breeze.
Put some shavings on there and you are good to go. I switch to 2 inches of sand and scoop with kitty litter scoop when they are about 3-4 weeks of age (otherwise they can get mud balls on the toes that you have to wash off if they step in water and then their food).
If they are going to live in that as a growout coop then you have to think about how big they will be at the max. size.
If they are only going to be in there for 6 weeks, then you can fit more of them than if they will live in there until 4 months.
So how long will they be in there?
Until they can handle outside without heat lamps
Hmm I personally wouldn't go with more than about 16 chicks for 16 square feet as a brooder...just me.
I have tried to raise 25 chicks in a 4 x 4 brooder but then ended up getting rid of some midway as it was too crowded.
When they are itty bitties it looks like it will be so large but then they grow up on you.
Just my opinion! What works for one person may not work for another.
McMurray hatchery has space recommendations on their chick care page too.
I was thanking 20 both I do raise Orpington and they are very big birds even at chick size
Yes I think 20 will fit
Just try it out and if it is too crowded it will be obvious and you can downsize or move some over to another space.