Brooder size

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by PastaChickenBoo, Mar 16, 2017.

  1. PastaChickenBoo

    PastaChickenBoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2017
    Bethesda, MD
    Ideally, how big should a brooder be for three chicks (About three days old)? We are using paper towels for bedding because they tried to eat the shavings once or twice. What should you put in the brooder for them to pick on?
  2. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Please read more Premium Member Project Manager

    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop
    Your brooder won't need to be too big for the first few days....but big enough for it to be heated on one side and not heated on the other. Which allows them to cool of if needed.
    That being said, they grow very fast.

    You don't want them so cramped up they won't be able to get away form each other.

    Paper towels for the first few days can be good...I've always used shavings on one side and dirt from my yard on the other.

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