Brooder size - how much space does a chick need?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by discodannio, Feb 19, 2011.

  1. discodannio

    discodannio Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 19, 2011
    I've got about 30 eggs waiting to hatch. Assuming they all do (best case scenario, of course), how big of a space do I need for the first few days?

    I was going to use a 22 gallon aquarium, but I gather it won't be big enough, and I should probably have a larger space for the chicks to move about and not be too cramped.

    Any suggestions? There are lots of pictures in the brooder thread, I know, but I'm not sure what's the average amount of floor space needed per chick?


  2. 10 point

    10 point country boy

    Feb 19, 2011
    LaFayette, NY
    My book says 10 square inches per chick. not sure how to get somthing with 300 square inches or 25 square feet
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