Brooder size

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by shellannchick, Apr 1, 2012.

  1. shellannchick

    shellannchick New Egg

    Mar 31, 2012
    We are getting 10-12 standard chicks this week. I am confused about brooder size. How much space are they going to need before I can move them out into the coop? I know they grow really fast. Is there any kind of equation I can use?
  2. cooped up

    cooped up Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2012
    Portland, Or
    I'm going to tell you what I did and maybe a suggestion. We have a dog crate 2.5 x 3' and when my 5 BA's were 7 wks they had just about outgrew it. So depending on the birds and temperature concerns-- for 10 you might want to go bigger 4 x 8' with a screened top to keep the buggers in.
  3. Dutch552

    Dutch552 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 12, 2011
    Hart County, KY
    2 x 4 x 2 stock tank is what we use for our brooder. You can get a metal one at a farm store and reuse it as your brooder as it is easy to clean/sanitize between batches and easy to make a cover for out of hardware cloth to keep all the unwanted ones out. I raise mostly large dual purpose birds and have brooded a dozen at a time in it over the winter and up to 2 dozen for a shorter amount of time in the warmer months.
  4. Connorrm

    Connorrm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2011
    Capital District, NY
    Last year I kept my Speckled Sussex comfortable in a 5 x 4 to 6 weeks. There was 12 total.
  5. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    I always say make as large as you can. The more room a chick has the less trouble you will have. They can get away from the heat and one another if needed.

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