Brooder Size Question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Reinbeau, Apr 6, 2008.

  1. Reinbeau

    Reinbeau The Teapot Underground

    This was buried in my other thread. Let me ask a different question - how big of a brooder should my DH build to accommodate 15 chicks from when they come home here til they can go outside in mid-June or so? (I'm thinking it'll be mid-June when it's warm enough for them to go into their palatial accommodations we're busy building them, a 10x10' coop)? I'm getting them May 7.
     
  2. SeaChick

    SeaChick Songster

    Apr 25, 2007
    Southern Maine
    If it helps, we had ours last year in a cardboard watermelon box (about 3 x 4 feet??) and with 6 chicks it got crowded by 7 weeks.... there are rules of thumb in Storey's etc but they're really more for farm-type operations, I think, and IMHO too crowded. I'm interested to hear what others say.

    To your benefit, you'll only need to keep them inside for a month or so, so they won't be all that enormous!
     
  3. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    id build a 4ftw by 4ftl by 2fth brooder.that should hold them for 5 or 6 wks.gives ea chick 1ft sq ft of space.
     
  4. Penske

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    I am new to this, but ours is a dog crate/cage outfitted with chicken wire and cardboard sides. It is 2'4" by 3'6" and about 3' tall. We'll have 16 chicks. I am thinking they'll be in it for 3 weeks, then move to the coop with heat. It is the best situation we would come up with for inside. I've seen others here do it, so I am hoping they'll be fine.

    If anyone has comments, I'd love to hear them.

    Lisa
     
  5. professor-yellow

    professor-yellow Songster

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    I built a 4x6 foot brroder on wheels to move around. PM me if you want to see pics. I dont know how to attach here.
     
  6. Reinbeau

    Reinbeau The Teapot Underground

    PM inbound! [​IMG]
     
  7. sbwhite0

    sbwhite0 In the Brooder

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    I have built a 3'x4' and it accomidates 10 very easily. So, a 4'x4' should do the trick for 16.[​IMG]
     
  8. Penske

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    YIKES! Sounds like my space is too small...do you think it'll be ok for just two weeks??? Then I can move them to the brooder in the coop with lots of space.

    Lisa
     
  9. eggonomist

    eggonomist In the Brooder

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    Wow, did I mess up, i have a 2ft w x 4ft l x2ft h brooder I'm just making, perfect for when I start hatching, but possibly a bit small for my initial 20 I'm hoping to order this month, I'm off to go and work on that hen house QUICKLY. :eek:[​IMG]
     
  10. Penske

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    Well, at least I'm not alone!! [​IMG]

    I am happy to have all this good information though. Like I said, I am hoping they'll be OK for two weeks, then the weather will warm up here and I can heat the coop. At least the coop is done.

    Good luck, eggonomist!!

    Lisa
     

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