Brooder Size?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by WildflowerJLH, Jan 23, 2011.

  1. WildflowerJLH

    WildflowerJLH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Talk to me about how much space I need per chick. When we grew our first chicks, we only had 6 or 8 at a time. They were only indoors for about 5 weeks, since it was late summer. Dearest husband wants to get 25 broilers at the end of February. I am guessing that they will need to stay indoors for 7-8 weeks. So how much space should I need?
     
  2. midget_farms

    midget_farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Dunlap Illinois
    I had 25 last year. They started out in 2 tubs & after a week they moved to 4 tubs.

    after 2 more weeks I moved them all to a 5ft x 5ft brooder pen built out of old storm windows in the garage. I had 4 brooder lights in there for them so it was warm enough.

    In any case - they will need lots more room as they grow out.
     
  3. WildflowerJLH

    WildflowerJLH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Do you have any pictures? We just used a big box for the few chicks we had, along with chicken wire on the top to keep cats out. Also used a heat lamp. How big were the tubs that you used?
     
  4. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    Half a square foot per chick for the first two weeks. A square foot from weeks to four. Two square feet from four to eight by which time they should be out of the brooder.
     
  5. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Um, I'm afraid you will really regret brooding broilers indoors, especially for that long.
     
  6. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    I missed where he said broilers. I definitely would NOT brood them indoors past two weeks. Even then you're going to need to change the bedding often.
     
  7. WildflowerJLH

    WildflowerJLH Chillin' With My Peeps

    OK, so how do I keep them warm outside after 2 weeks? Daytime temps here will mostly be in the 50's, night time in the 20's. Would putting them out for the day, but bringing them in for the night work? I would put the heat lamp out with them.
     
  8. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Quote:People have been brooding outdoors for generations. Depends what your facilities are. I won't brood any chicks indoors, have 7 out there under a broody now that were hatched yesterday, but I realize that is a different thing.

    Do you have a garage? Coop? Tell us about what your setup is.
     
  9. WildflowerJLH

    WildflowerJLH Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have both a garage and a "workshop." By indoors, I do not mean in my house. Indoors, just means within 4 walls, protected from predators, wind, weather extremes, etc.

    I have a coop for my layers (8 hens + 1 roo). We are considering the "do-ability" of 25 broilers. If we do, I have decided on freedom rangers. I want to order them by mid-March, so we can dispatch and process them before our family vacation at the end of June.
     
  10. WildflowerJLH

    WildflowerJLH Chillin' With My Peeps

    BTW, even though we live in southern CA, we live at elevation. We run the risk of frost and even snow well into May. My biggest concern is warmth.
     

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