Brooder size

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Leanimal, Oct 21, 2014.

  1. Leanimal

    Leanimal Out Of The Brooder

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    I've been searching the forums on brooder size. I know they need 1-2sf per chick, but how tall does it need to be? I've got one of those under the bed storage boxes that is only about 6" tall. Maybe I could put cardboard around the sides to make it taller? But I like the idea of having plastic as the bottom. Any thoughts?
     
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    I think it might be difficult to manage. My chicks either start in a large pet airline crate, or in a big stock tank with a hardware cloth lid. The little guys grow VERY fast, and some can escape by three weeks of age if I'm not careful. Stock tanks spring leaks and then work great for chicks. I have used big shipping crates too (wood is best) with hardware cloth covers. Mary
     
  3. Ol Grey Mare

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    The height is going to be an issue sooner than you might expect - these little puff balls grow FAST!
     
  4. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    How many chicks will you be brooding? This will help in suggesting containers that might work
     
  5. Leanimal

    Leanimal Out Of The Brooder

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    6. Thanks all for the advice! I will stick with a box then.
     

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